Fund for Survivors

This month marks the nineteenth anniversary of the genocide  against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The theme for this year’s commemoration is kwigira (self-reliance). Fostering self-reliance for genocide survivors is the bedrock on which all the work of Survivors Fund (SURF) is built. No … Continue Reading »

Acquittals

IBUKA condemns the immediate release of Justin Mugenzi and Prosper Mugiraneza. The two former ministers of the Government of Rwanda at the time of the genocide in April 1994, had been previously convicted of conspiracy to commit genocide and direct … Continue Reading »

Right

IBUKA, the national umbrella association of 15 survivor’s organisations in Rwanda, in partnership with Survivors Fund (SURF) and REDRESS, have submitted a discussion paper to the President of the Republic of Rwanda which sets out recommendations for reparation for survivors … Continue Reading »

Reparation

A guest post from Albert Gasake, Legal Advocacy Project Coordinator of Survivors Fund (SURF) in Rwanda: Right to reparation for survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda: Difficulties and future perspectives While the rights to reparation for victims of … Continue Reading »

TIG

Survivors Fund (SURF), in partnership with REDRESS, has supported IBUKA in the drafting of a submission on a new draft Presidential Order on the implementation of Community Service (TIG) in Rwanda. TIG a critical issue , which disproportionately affects survivors – … Continue Reading »

Imvo n’imvano

“Failure to provide reparation to survivors of genocide is denying their status of being victims” The BBC’s very popular hour-long, and often controversial, radio programme, Imvo n’imvano, aired this Saturday with a debate on the right to reparation for the survivors … Continue Reading »

Task Force

IBUKA hosted today a commemoration to mark the end of the 100 day mourning period at their head office, which adjoins the Nyanza Memorial Site, where over 5,000 victims of the genocide are buried. Following an emotional ceremony, at which … Continue Reading »

Reparation

Rwanda: No justice without reparation by David Russell and Juergen Schurr What will be the legacy of local and international justice for the 1994 genocide survivors? On 18 June, President Kagame officially closed gacaca, the traditional community courts that according to the … Continue Reading »

Closure?

As gacaca courts formally closes this week, Survivors Fund (SURF), along with our partner REDRESS, have been working with survivor’s organisations in Rwanda to ensure that concerns over their closure are addressed. In particular this relates to the issues of reparation and enforcement … Continue Reading »

Legislation

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 »