Survivors and justice

17 Apr 2009

Justice for survivors of the Rwandan genocide remains a priority for SURF. Our programme agenda is determined by our partners, local survivors’ organisations, and the issue that is most pressing for them – and thus for us – is justice.

On Sunday, Miracle Corners of the World is hosting a commemoration event in New York on Denial, Memory and Justice in post-genocide Rwanda. Chantal Kayitesi, a founding member and former President of AVEGA, one of our partners, will be speaking alongside the respected academics, Gerald Lewis Caplan and Jens Meierhenrich.

Earlier this week, I met with Redress, a London-based organisation helping survivors obtain justice and reconciliation. Their vital work extends beyond just Rwanda, but its recent publication with African Rights of a report on Survivors and Post-Genocide Justice in Rwanda has proved to be a real landmark in establishing the situation of survivors today.

As last week’s High Court case preventing the extradition of four genocide suspects proved, ¬†justice – or lack thereof – for survivors is an issue that is also playing out close to home too. Thus SURF’s work, allied with organisations such as Redress and Miracle Corners of the World, continues to be pressing both here in the UK, as well as Rwanda.