Closing of International Court and Gacaca Courts in Rwanda

February 28, 2012 - 1:42pm

Starting in May of this year, the prosecution of genocide acts in Rwanda will wind down. The Gacaca courts will hold thier closing ceremony on May 4, 2012, with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda closing its prosecutions before the court of first instance over the summer. (Note: the ICTR will continue operations to 2014 to complete appeals). From there, Rwandans will go through regular criminal courts for their cases to be heard.

 

Some have raised questions about how this impacts Rwandan's access to justice, particularly for those whose cases have not been heard. On the other hand, both the ICTR and Gacaca courts were originally slated to be closed a few years ago, but have remained open given the case load and new evidence that has come to light.