Friday, June 06, 2008

Police stop Zimbabwe opposition leader's campaign

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Police briefly detained Zimbabwe's opposition presidential candidate Friday for the second time this week and told him the party's rallies had been banned indefinitely three weeks before the runoff election, an aide said.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Rwanda angry over Munyakazi being kept by ICTR

This article talks about the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s, and how the ICTR (The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda) in Tanzania has refused to hand over possible war crimes and human rights violator Yussuf Munyakazi due to fear of him not being able to have a fair trial. Rwanda leader Tharcisse Karugarama has assured the media that the tribunal has made a mistake and that the trial would have been fair, and that Rwanda has a right to try criminals like Munyakazi for the crimes they committed in Rwanda. Estimates suggest 800,000 Tutsis and many moderate Hutus were killed during the genocide in 1994.

Questions about the fairness of Rwanda's judiciary system led Amnesty International to call on all governments not to extradite prisoners to Rwanda, where unfair pressure on the judiciary would prevent a fair trial. Karugarama assures that this isn't the case, and in recent years the Rwandan government has taken steps to allow more prisoners to be extradited to them, specifically abolishing the death penalty which has prevented many prisoners from being turned over to them.

I find this case to be very interesting because it features Amnesty International standing up for the rights of someone accused of genocide. It's taken for granted that you have the right to a fair trial in America, but it's still interesting to see a case where concern for the rights of someone most likely guilty is taken so seriously -- you'd think people wouldn't make much of a fuss about a guy like this. Regardless it seems like Rwanda is attempting to take the necessary steps to improve their government and judicial system, which is definitely positive and could help them try their own criminals like this in the future.