Mechanism joins in commemorating anniversary of Rwandan genocide
The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) joins in commemorating the 21st anniversary of the Rwandan genocide that took the lives of a reported one million men, women and children between April and July 1994.
On 8 November 1994, the UN Security Council created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to try individuals alleged to be responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, during which Hutus and others who opposed the genocide were also killed. Since its establishment the ICTR has indicted 93 individuals, including senior political leaders and military officers and clergy. All but nine of the ICTR indictees have been accounted for by the ICTR.
To mark the anniversary, the MICT Registrar, Mr. John Hocking, will attend this evening a memorial service organized by the Rwandan community in Arusha and the Head of MICT Registry – Arusha branch, Mr. Samuel Akorimo, will participate tomorrow in the UN country-wide commemorations held in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. The event will feature remarks from representatives of the Rwandan High Commission followed by a candle lighting ceremony, and statements from UN officials, including the Rwandan High Commissioner. Also part of the event was an exhibition presented by the UNICTR and The African Court.
Since 1 July 2012, the MICT has assumed responsibility inter alia for tracking ICTR accused at large, protecting those individuals who testified before the ICTR, enforcing sentences of those sentenced, and managing and protecting ICTR archives.