20th anniversary of the ICTR

Like ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda speaks to a journalist after arriving at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, on November 4, 2014.
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 13:29

By Justice Hub

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) celebrated its 20th anniversary this month. The ICTR was established by UN Security Resolution 955 on November 8, 1994. The first trials were conducted in 1997 in Arusha, Tanzania. 

The tribunal is due to close its doors at the end of the year. After the court closes, it will be the responsibility of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) to continue efforts to find host countries for those people who were acquitted by the ICTR or who have served their sentences. Eight people who were acquitted by the tribunal and three others who were freed after serving their sentences are living in a safe house in Arusha because no country is willing to take them in. 

The ICTR prepared a short video about the Rwandan genocide and the tribunal's efforts to bring the architects of the 1994 genocide to justice. During 100 days, nearly one million people were killed. 

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