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Projet: Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Activité:Talk show ″Urubugarw'itangazamakuru″ (Club de la presse)

Date:09/01/2022

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Rwanda will not blame any country willing to host Genocide convicts transferred by UN Court if consulted.

On November 15, 2021, when Niger had been appointed to chair the UN Security Council,  this country agreed to host eight who were convicted of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi some had completed their sentences others were acquitted.

 The ex-convicts are Protais Zigiranyirazo, Francois Nzuwonemeye, Innocent Sagahutu, Alphonse Nteziryayo, Tharcisse Muvunyi, André Ntagerura, Anatole Nsengiyumva and Prosper Mugiraneza.

A United Nations court has ordered Niger to suspend its expulsion of eight Rwandans considered to be among the masterminds of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Niger’s government had announced the expulsions towards the end of December 2021, one month after the Rwandans were welcomed in Niamey, the capital of Niger citing "diplomatic reasons".

Niger's decision to accept them did not please the Rwandan government because it had not been notified as a country thei of origin.

At the time of the decision, the Rwandans had been given seven days to leave Niger but on January 3, 2022, the country's government extended it by 30 days.

When the announcement came as a surprise, Rwanda did not know. The decision was made with the participation of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (IRMCT) and Niger without notifying Rwanda.

 "There is a partnership between the court and Rwanda, and Niger is also a friendly country, we heard that they had an agreement to receive Rwandans without our consent. Things don't change in our relationship, sometimes things get messy and normal.”  Said the Deputy Spokesperson of the Government of Rwanda, Alain Mukuralinda

He added that Niger had not been pressured by Rwanda government to immediately expel Rwandans.

“We know that they do not have a country to go to, and we tell them that the gates of Rwanda are open.  The Rwandan government is based on the principle that a genocide suspect cannot be tried twice." Added Mukuralinda

Jean Baptiste Gasominali, a lawyer who also worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), explained that those who have completed their sentences have the right to freedom.

“Rwanda has no right to demand for extradition of these convicts because they have completed their sentences 'they can go anywhere in the world.” Says Gasominali

 What are these Rwandans afraid of?

The law stipulates that a person is not prosecuted twice; there should be no doubt that if they are sent to Rwanda, they will be tried again.

Robert Mugabe, a journalist and lawyer, said that the fact that the Rwandans had fled the country before they were prosecuted would make them anxious to return to Rwanda.

What they are afraid of is that there are many forms of justice, some are legal but there are others that are possible. Some think it is their conscience that accuses them. Will I be safe if I return to these men? Can't I be made forcibly disappeared? ''

Niger is currently home to these Rwandans. Although the country has given them 30 days to leave their land, the court has a responsibility to find them a place to live, possibly in Tanzania, the Netherlands where it has branches.

 

 

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