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UN tribunal on Rwandan genocide formally closes – major role in fight against impunity

31 December, 2015

A hearing of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda ICTR) in 1998. UN Photo/Milton Grant

The United Nations tribunal set up 21 years ago to judge those guilty for the genocide in Rwanda of more than 800,000 people – overwhelmingly Tutsi, and also moderate Hutu, Twa and others – formally closed today after delivering 45 judgments as part of the Organization’s efforts to stamp out impunity for crimes against humanity.

As UN tribunal on Rwandan genocide wraps up work, Security Council cites role in fight against impunity

22 December, 2015

President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Vagn Joensen. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Adopting a new resolution today, the Security Council welcomed the completion of judicial work of the United Nations tribunal set up in the wake of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, following delivery of the court’s last judgment on 14 December and its impending closure, set for 31 December 2015.

Ban vows to act quickly after report finds UN failed to respond ‘meaningfully’ to Central African Republic abuse allegations

17 December, 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon receives the report of the External Review Panel looking into allegations of sexual abuse by foreign military forces in the Central African Republic. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged to urgently review the recommendations made by an independent panel that found that the United Nations did not act with the “speed, care or sensitivity required,” when it uncovered information about crimes committed against children by soldiers – not under UN command – sent to the Central African Republic (CAR) to protect civilians.

UN chief takes note of judgement by German court against Rwandan rebel leaders

2 October, 2015

FDLR ex-combatants who voluntarily surrendered to MONUSCO. Photo: MONUSCO

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken note of the trial judgement handed down by a German court against the President and Vice-President of the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda, also known as FDLR, which has committed war crimes in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

One of Africa’s longest-standing refugee situations set to end soon, says UN agency

2 October, 2015

Rwandan refugees, who fled the genocide, returning in July 1994 from Goma, Zaire, (now the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC). UN Photo/John Isaac

Delegations from Rwanda and 11 major host countries in Africa, the African Union and the United Nations refugee agency today agreed on a timetable to resolve the situation of Rwandan refugees who fled between 1959 and 1998 – one of the world’s longest-standing displacement situations.

‘The only sustainable future is one that includes us all,’ Rwandan President tells UN Assembly

29 September, 2015

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda addresses the general debate of the General Assemblys seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Change is coming and it is vitally necessary, the President of Rwanda told the General Assembly today, urging United Nations Member States to not merely pledge commitment to the Global Goals but to acknowledge that the bold new targets will only be reached if all countries work together and acknowledge their mutual interdependence.

Central African Republic: UN investigating incident leading to death of five blue helmets

9 August, 2015

MINUSCA, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), on patrol in the capital Bangui. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

The United Nations mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has launched an investigation into an incident on Saturday in which a Rwandan peacekeeper shot dead four of his colleagues and wounded eight others before he also died.

UN’s Rwanda and ex-Yugoslav tribunals flag challenges as mandates near end

3 June, 2015

President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Theodor Meron. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The top officials of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia today outlined a number of challenges to their work, ranging from the health of the defendants to the “daunting” task of trying to relocate those acquitted or who have already served their sentences.

UN relief wing boosts emergency support to refugees fleeing Burundi crisis

1 June, 2015

Burundians fleeing pre-election violence rest on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a gruelling 22-hour boat journey. More than 100,000 Burundians have fled over the past month, arriving in Tanzania, Rwanda and the DRC. Photo: UNHCR/F. Scoppa

The new head of the United Nations relief arm today released a fresh tranche of crisis funding from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in order to support life-saving relief work for thousands of Burundian refugees dispersed between Rwanda and Tanzania, the Organization has announced.

Reflecting on Rwanda, Ban urges courage ‘to counter the cruelty taking place before our eyes’

7 April, 2015

The UN family in Rwanda commemorates the 21st anniversary of the genocide. Photo: UNDP Rwanda

The world must make use of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda to look back on the past – and to squarely confront the challenges of the present, renewing the collective resolve and summoning the courage to prevent such atrocities from happening again, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

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