A full one eighth of the population, or one million Rwandans will be tried in traditional village courts for their participation in the genocide that
swept the country in 1994. The trials are set to begin in select areas next month and spread countrywide by 2006. Currently hundreds of thousands are
free often living next to those whose families they killed. Furthermore over 80,000 are in jail.
KIGALI (Reuters) - An estimated 1 million Rwandans -- an eighth of the population -- are expected to be tried in traditional "gacaca" village courts
for alleged participation in the 1994 genocide, an official said on Friday.
Domitilla Mukantaganzwa, executive secretary of the National Service of Gacaca Jurisdictions, said trials in some areas might start next month, with
proceedings beginning in the rest of the country in 2006.
"Drawing from the experience and figures accruing from the pilot trials, we estimate a figure slightly above 1 million people that are supposed to be
tried under the gacaca courts," she told Reuters.
Her comment indicates the vast scale of the task awaiting the courts, gearing up to hear accusations against hundreds of thousands of people now
living at liberty, often alongside neighbors whose relatives they are suspected of killing.
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It is yet another example of how useless the United Nations truly is. Nothing was done to stop this brutal genocide. And really what exactly are
these village courts going to do? Lock up all 1 million? No a slap on the wrist, "bad murderer" and go about your life.
So the UN should have messed with about one million very stupid people who don't care about the value of a human life? Yea...sure.
Even if the UN has made big faults like the Oil-foor-food scandal(and many more), they aren't responsible for everything just because you wish them
to be. It's time to get some common sense into this forum. This "it's the US fault" or "it's the UNs fault" ranting has come to an emberassing
For sure the Rwanda problem was handled the worst way but it's too easy thinking the genocide was avoidable - not without hundred-thousands of
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