In the wake of the Amnesty international new reports on Rwanda about evidence gathered of "unlawful detention, torture and other forms of ill-treatment and enforced disappearances, as well as systematic practices of coercing prisoners to confess," the international justice system which has received or is currently receiving incriminating evidence from the Rwandan government about national suspects living in different countries, should seriously evaluate if the material presented in their cases have not been obtained under duress or torture.

Global Campaign for Rwandans' Human Rights understands that investigating methods used to obtain prosecuting witness evidences by the Rwandan government's prosecutors might be challenging. However, dispensing a free and fair justice should be paramount in court proceedings.

Global Campaign for Rwandans' Human Rights requests that judges across the world who have presided over trials based on Rwandan prosecutors' presented witnesses, should review them and comprehensively investigate whether those prosecuting witnesses were obtained lawfully.

Considering the extent of Amnesty International findings about Rwandan government's violation of international law against torture, it is highly likely that many national and international courts might have sent to prison innocent Rwandan people as a result of using prosecuting witnesses acquired illegally.

Global Campaign for Rwandans' Human Rights
UK team