Genocide suspects can run, they can’t hide

This week, saw the arrest of two prominent fugitives across two continents.Bernard Munyagishari, one of most wanted suspects of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, was arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after 17 years on the run.In Europe, Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitive, Ratko Mladic, was arrested in Serbia after 16 years in hiding. He faces genocide and war crimes charges.

This week, saw the arrest of two prominent fugitives across two continents.

Bernard Munyagishari, one of most wanted suspects of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, was arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after 17 years on the run.

In Europe, Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitive, Ratko Mladic, was arrested in Serbia after 16 years in hiding. He faces genocide and war crimes charges.

The arrests demonstrate that people responsible for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, or other grave violations of international humanitarian law can no longer count on impunity.

Despite the long delays in bringing such high level suspects to book, to the victims, the arrests are a relief.

And to other fugitives as well as potential criminals, this is a clear message that you can not commit a crime and hide forever.
However, arresting fugitives is a collective effort.

Most of them are in foreign countries, some under assumed identities others using powerful connections and money for protection.

It is imperative that the international community meets its obligation to justice, working to eliminate impunity and stepping up efforts to capture suspects.

Felicien Kabuga, the key financier of the Genocide is still in hiding and this is obviously an embarrassment to international justice.

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