Reparation Update

In an address to the United Nations Security Council on 5th June 2014, the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Judge Vagn Joensen, reported on the current status of the completion strategy for the ICTR, which includes for the first time a focus on addressing reparation for survivors of the genocide in Rwanda. President Vagn Joensen noted in his six-monthly report:

I would next like to update the Members of this esteemed Council on the progress regarding the issue of reparations for victims of the Genocide. I am pleased to announce that, following a request from victims associations and initial discussions between my office and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) that I explained in my last report to this Council, IOM has secured funding through a generous donation by the Government of Finland to undertake an Assessment Study on how the issue of victims’ reparations could be taken forward. In February, IOM and my office held very promising initial meetings with key stakeholders in Rwanda, including the Rwandan Government, victims and survivors associations, and civil society. Further consultations and preparations for the next stage of the project are expected to begin shortly following the conclusion last week of a formal memorandum of understanding between IOM and the Rwandan Government.

In a statement in response to the signing of the MOU, Rwandan Minister for Justice, Johnston Busingye, noted “that the recommendations on survivors’ reparation will be made based on the final report produced by the research.”


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