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Rwanda: Justice delayed is justice denied.

Global Campaign for Rwandans' Human Rights is concerned about a large number of prisoners who as suspects of having been involved in genocide have been imprisoned for more than 5 years without any trial. A significant fraction among them have case files without any details about the reasons of their incarceration. Global Campaign for Rwandans' Human Rights urges the Rwandan government, particularly the ministry of justice to take the following important steps without delay: - Make public the number of prisoners who have been imprisoned without trial for more than 6 months; - Temporally release all prisoners who have...

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Prisoners have rights to adequate family visits

Global Campaign for Rwandans' Human Rights is very concerned about reports from families of detainees in Kigali central prison who confirm that visits to their family members who are imprisoned are being more and more restricted, and for others it has become a traumatic experience. Visiting members of families of prisoners are currently being told to return home without being given a chance to see their imprisoned relatives. This is happening on regular basis and few lucky ones are given the opportunity to see their related prisoners. When they are allowed to see them, they are only given, and...

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Truth telling: the important first step towards reconciliation

Rwanda history has been marked by various periods of conflicts characterized by different degrees of violence. They have been reoccurring as a result of unresolved grievances from the previous ones and lack of access to free and fair justice for the victims. The best ways to address grievances in post conflict society is to provide and ensure justice to all the victims. This can be achieved effectively if principles of justice are guided by a narrative constructed in truth telling format organised at both local and national levels. Experiences of other countries that have had conflicts have demonstrated that...

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GCRHR comments on DRC mapping exercise report

Global Campaign for Rwandan Human Rights welcomes the report published by The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The report explains that grave crimes were perpetuated. It is important that the recommendations called upon in the document are implemented in order to give justice to victims of serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that have been committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo between March 1993 and June 2003. Global Campaign for Rwandans' Human Rights recommends that as a result of this report, UN should without delay establish a judicial mechanism to...

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Rwandan refugees should be protected

Cessation Clause for Rwandan refugees raises questions By Guillaume Cliche-Rivard The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees states that refugee status is temporary. Articles 1C (1) to (6) describe the so-called ‘Cessation Clauses’. When invoked, these provisions cease the international protection of a specific group of refugees: ‘He [the refugee] can no longer, because of circumstances in connection with which he has been recognized as a refugee have ceased to exist, continue to refuse to avail himself of the protection of the country of his nationality’[1]. Since 2002, the Government of Rwanda has repeatedly requested from the...

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