The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) today sentenced, Augustin Ngirabatware, a former government minister in Rwanda, to 35 years in prison for crimes committed during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. He is the last person to be tried by … Continue Reading »

15th Anniversary

On Wednesday, Survivors Fund (SURF) marked fifteen years of work. At an event at Portcullis House in London, SURF’s Director, David Russell, spoke on the achievements of the work of the organisation to date, as well as plans for the work … Continue Reading »


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 »


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 »

Case ICTR-00-56

Survivors Fund (SURF) is supporting the request by our partner organisation IBUKA for leave to make submissions at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in connection with the prosecutor’s sentencing appeals of case number … Continue Reading »

The challenge of communications

The challenge of communications

The arrest of Idelphonse Nizeyimana, a leading genocidaire, accused of killing thousands of Tutsis in the 1994 genocide – including Queen Rosalie Gicanda – was announced today. Survivors Fund is often asked to comment on such news stories, which presents … Continue Reading »