Rwanda

Former Rwandan Chief Justice Jean Mutsinzi RIP

The list of Justice Jean Mutsinzi’s legal and other accomplishments takes pages to encompass.

He was elected to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in 2006 for a renewable six year term, and served as president of that court 2008 – 2010.

He had a Doctorate in Law from the University of Brussels and an impressive number of other legal qualifications. His position on the African Court followed a lengthy term as part of the judiciary of his home country, Rwanda.

Convicted of genocide, former Rwandan cabinet minister loses last attempt to stay out of jail

For those attending hearings of the IR-MCT’s Appeal Chamber in Arusha towards the end of September, each day brought new surprises.

Seven court days, between 16 and 24 September, were focused on the evidence of four witnesses who gave crucial testimony in the trial of Ngirabatwane some years before. It was mainly because of their evidence to the court that he was convicted of both direct and public incitement to genocide, and of instigating and abetting genocide.

East African Law Society in plan to ease serious tensions between Rwanda, Uganda

As tensions between Rwanda and Uganda heighten, a major lawyers’ organization in the region has stepped forward to offer its help in defusing the situation. This week saw tension escalating further, with several border points between the two countries closed by Rwanda. Kigali has warned its citizens not to travel to Uganda on the grounds that Uganda has detained and deported people from Rwanda.

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