Why all Genocide fugitives should be tried

Editor, It is good news that the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda sentenced Gregory Ndahimana to 15 years, this week, after finding him guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Editor,

It is good news that the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda sentenced Gregory Ndahimana to 15 years, this week, after finding him guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity.

However, I have been reading in the media that some countries are not willing to help Rwanda to extradite Genocide fugitives hiding in their respective countries. The government’s efforts to have all genocide fugitives extradited are frustrated by some individuals and organisations including Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Whereas some countries in Europe are in the process of having these fugitives tried or extradited to ICTR court to face justice, certain groups have continued to provide wrong information on Rwanda. Refusing to cooperate and punish criminals will only encourage the culture of impunity.

Rights groups were meant to promote the rule of law and to correct what is wrong. It is therefore sad to see these groups side with fugitives.  All people who committed crimes should go to court to prove their innocence.

Daniel Musoni
Nyamata

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