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By K. Moghalu

ISBN-10: 1403970815

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In Rwanda's Genocide , Kingsley Moghalu presents an engrossing account and research of the overseas political brinkmanship embedded within the quest for overseas justice for Rwanda's genocide. he's taking us backstage to the political and strategic components that formed a path-breaking conflict crimes tribunal and demonstrates why the rigors at Arusha, like Nuremberg, Tokyo, and the Hague, are greater than simply prosecutions of culprits, but in addition politics through different ability. this can be the 1st critical booklet at the politics of justice for Rwanda's genocide. Moghalu tells this gripping tale with the authority of an insider, based and interesting writing, and highbrow mastery of the subject material.

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Kigali had the definite feel of a ghost town. In these circumstances, it was not surprising that several, especially Western members of the Security Council concluded that an environment in which impartial justice could be handed down was absent. 33 While these countries appeared focused on the tribunal’s potential positive impact on Rwandan society, the group of states that opposed locating the tribunal in Rwanda were more concerned about the independence of the tribunal from Rwanda, and focused on it as a post-Nuremberg instrument to advance international law for a global audience.

But this was not to be, for massacres of Hutus in a refugee camp in Kibeho near Zaire in 1995 by the now Tutsi-dominated Rwanda army in response to the use of that camp by the extremists who carried out the genocide, went unpunished for lack of any effective international jurisdiction. T he P olitical Architecture of Justice 33 The RPF, having won the war in Rwanda, and with Tutsis the victims of a genocide, did not intend that an international tribunal judge its own crimes and thus introduce any “moral equivalency” in the historical record it would doubtless establish.

In other words, the perpetrators of genocide and related crimes in a central African country should be 30 R wanda’ s G enocide tried not in an international tribunal situated on Rwandan territory or in the African continent, but in an ad hoc tribunal originally dedicated to war crimes in the Balkans and situated in a European capital. This recommendation was baffling. Was it a desire to hasten the expansion of such a tribunal into a permanent international criminal court? To be sure, the International Criminal Court (ICC) later came into being and now has its seat at The Hague, but it is institutionally separate from the ad hoc Yugoslavia tribunal.

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