In accordance with the Justice, Reconciliation, Law & Order Sector Strategy (2009–12), the Legal Aid Forum carried out a research project to monitor and evaluate the enforcement of court judgments in Rwanda. The research focused on the enforcement of civil judgments, excluding … Continue Reading »


Noam Schimmel, a leading academic on the situation of survivors of the genocide in Rwanda, published this week a vital follow-up piece to his recent op-ed article in the Huffington Post, expounding on arguments for “Creating a UN Trust Fund … Continue Reading »

UN Trust Fund

A guest blog post by Noam Schimmel, from an article published today on Huffington Post – A UN Trust Fund for Rwandan Genocide Survivors: An Urgent Need The 18th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide was commemorated in April in Rwanda … Continue Reading »

Human Rights

Survivors Fund (SURF) today tabled a submission to the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) in response to a new inquiry into the human rights work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 2011, which is documented in its 2011 Report on Human … Continue Reading »


Survivors Fund (SURF), in partnership with Redress and IBUKA, has been working on developing an array of submissions on draft and current legislation that impacts on the rights of survivors. At present, the Rwanda Parliament is debating a new law … Continue Reading »


Mukomeze (Kinyarwanda for “empower her”) is a non-profit organization established to raise awareness of and funds for women and girls who suffered sexual violence during the genocide in Rwanda. The Dutch-based organisation developed “The Men Who Killed Me”, a book featuring … Continue Reading »


As we mark the 18th Anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda on 7th April, Survivors Fund (SURF) is supporting the commemoration, as well as calling for action to secure reparation for survivors. Over the past month in … Continue Reading »


In its first verdict, the International Criminal Court (ICC) today found Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty of recruiting and using child soldiers between 2002 and 2003. The verdict is historic, not only because it is the first verdict of the the court … Continue Reading »


The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), REDRESS and African Rights have published a landmark report on “Closing the Impunity Gap: Southern Africa’s Role in Ensuring Justice for the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.” The report is based on a two-day conference … Continue Reading »

Inadequate Sentences

Arusha, February 13, 2012 (FH) -The prosecution has supported the application by two leading victims’ rights groups, who are asking the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to hear them, saying certain sentences imposed by the … Continue Reading »