Clare and Elizabeth

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Five years ago today, on 19 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/69/293) proclaimed 19 June of each year the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, in order to raise awareness of the need to … Continue Reading »

Jus Cogens

The designation “Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi” has become “Jus Cogens” of international law By Gatete Nyiringabo Ruhumuliza, The New Times On Monday 20th April 2020 at 5:01pm, the United Nations adopted a resolution 74/273, recognising April 7 as the … Continue Reading »

Uncondemned

Rwandan Genocide Survivors Urge U.N. Action on Sexual Violence.. “We keep hearing that it’s still happening, that rape is used as a weapon, as a tool of genocide and war. It hurts us a lot.” BY Lucy Westcott, Newsweek. Four … Continue Reading »

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 … Continue Reading »

Remembering the Survivors

Remembering the Survivors of Genocide in Rwanda by Noam Schimmel is a remarkable call to action. Published by Dissent Magazine, the article sets out the importance of expressing more than platitudes and consolations for survivors, but the importance of material … Continue Reading »

Pledge of support

A number of events have marked the 16th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide this week. At Southwark Cathedral, addresses were given by Linda Melvern and the new Rwandan High Commissioner to the UK, Ernest Rwamucyo, at a commemoration organised by the … Continue Reading »

Acknowledgement

There are two pieces of news that I share with you, both an acknowledgement of the work of SURF and our partners. At the 64th General Assembly of the United Nations last month, a resolution was adopted calling for the … Continue Reading »