Rwanda seeks justice from France over genocide

Rwanda genocide

Rwanda genocide

From PHYLLIS BIRORI in Kigali, Rwanda
KIGALI, (CAJ News) – FRANCE has been urged to prosecute fugitives of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
Rights group made the appeal after a French court sentenced former Rwandan intelligence chief, Pascal Simbikangwa, for genocide and complicity in crimes against humanity.
Human Rights Watch said while the conviction was welcome, 22 years after the genocide, and after the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and local, community-based courts have closed doors, several genocide fugitives continued to walk freely.
“France and other countries should do everything in their capacity to bring the remaining suspects to justice,” Human Rights Watch stated.
The confirmation of Simbikangwa’s sentence marks the completion of the first successful prosecution in France of a Rwandan genocide suspect
France has been criticized, including by the European Court for Human Rights, for its slowness in bringing genocide fugitives living in France to book.
France had backed the former government of Rwanda and supported and trained its military. Those forces went on to commit genocide.
Orchestrated by ethnic Hutu political and military extremists against the Tutsi, the genocide in Rwanda claimed around 800 000 lives.

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