Premier opened an international conference on Gacaca Courts

18.06.2012 15:26

This 17th June 2012, the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Pierre Damien HABUMUREMYI opened a one day international conference on Gacaca Courts, in the parliament building in Kigali.

Prime Minister said that Rwanda experienced a genocide that claimed over a million lives, in 100 days in 1994, the atrocities committed during this period left the Rwandan social fabric deeply scarred and all structures were destroyed including the justice system.

He said that Hundreds of thousands were involved in crimes of genocide and it has been estimated that prosecuting them through the regular courts would have taken hundreds of years.

“Gacaca courts respond to the fundamental right to justice for the victims of genocide and the right to a fair trial within a reasonable time for the suspects” said Prime Minister.


Participants to the International Conference on Gacaca Courts

The Premier added that the main objectives of Gacaca Courts were to disclose the truth about what took place during the genocide, to speed up genocide trials, to eradicate the culture of impunity, to bring reconciliation and strengthen unity among Rwandans and to prove Rwandan society’s capacity to solve its own problems.

He also said that Gacaca courts met challenges like negative criticism by some scholars who blindly opposed Gacaca courts without providing alternative solutions.
Gacaca courts tried over 1.9 million cases of Genocide suspects during its ten years of operation.

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