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Rwandan Leaders Want Genocide Fugitives Case Addressed Under Commonwealth

Kigali Genocide Memorial. A room that shows photos of the victims,PHOTO/Getty

 

Some Rwandan Parliamentarians are suggesting that unresolved issue of Genocide fugitives, who are yet to be brought to justice should be addressed through cooperation such as Commonwealth legal agreements.

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As reported by The New Times, the leaders made the suggestion on Friday, March 19, 2021 as the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Rwanda Branch virtually celebrated Commonwealth Day 2021 because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Last week, on March 12, Jean-Bosco Siboyintore, the head of Genocide Fugitives Tracking Unit (GFTU) told MPs that it has issued 1,146 indictments and arrest warrants in 33 countries against fugitives of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.

Siboyintore was making a presentation during the training of Rwandan parliamentarians on the convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

He expressed concern that an estimated 1,100 Genocide fugitives are yet to be brought to justice– neither extradited to Rwanda nor in those countries.

During the Commonwealth celebration event, Senator John Bonds Bideri, Chairperson of the Senatorial Committee on Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security voiced concern that there are Genocide perpetrators who are roaming in the whole world, many of them in Africa, including Rwanda’s neighboring countries.

“How can Parliament actually play a role in ensuring that these perpetrators of [Genocide] crimes can be brought to book,” he asked, adding that some of the genocide fugitives are enjoying rights that they are not entitled to.

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