International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
|International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)|
An ICTR building in Kigali, Rwanda
|Established||8 November 1994|
|Authorized by||United Nations Security Council Resolution 955|
|Number of positions||16 permanent
9 ad litem
|Currently||Vagn Joensen (Denmark)|
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) (French: Tribunal pénal international pour le Rwanda, TPIR) is an international court established in November 1994 by the United Nations Security Council in Resolution 955 in order to judge people responsible for the Rwandan Genocide and other serious violations of international law in Rwanda, or by Rwandan citizens in nearby states, between 1 January and 31 December 1994.
In 1995 it became located in Arusha, Tanzania, under Resolution 977. (From 2006, Arusha also became the location of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights). In 1998 the operation of the tribunal was expanded in Resolution 1165. Through several resolutions, the Security Council called on the tribunal to complete its investigations by end of 2004, complete all trial activities by end of 2008, and complete all work in 2012.
The tribunal has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, which are defined as violations of Common Article Three and Additional Protocol II of the Geneva Conventions (dealing with war crimes committed during internal conflicts).
So far, the tribunal has finished 50 trials and convicted 29 accused persons. Another 11 trials are in progress. 14 individuals are awaiting trial in detention; but the prosecutor intends to transfer 5 to national jurisdiction for trial. 13 others are still at large, some suspected to be dead. The first trial, of Jean-Paul Akayesu, began in 1997. Jean Kambanda, interim Prime Minister, pleaded guilty. According to the ICTR's Completion Strategy, in accordance with Security Council Resolution 1503, all first-instance cases were to have completed trial by the end of 2008 (this date was later extended to the end of 2009) and all work is to be completed by 2010. It has recently been discussed that these goals may not be realistic and are likely to change. The United Nations Security Council called upon the tribunal to finish its work by 31 December 2014 to prepare for its closure and transfer of its responsibilities to the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals which will begin functioning for the ICTR branch on 1 July 2012.
In March 2010, the ICTR announced plans to digitize all video recordings of the trials, both audio and video, in all three languages (English, French, Kinyarwanda). This is part of a larger project that included digitizing audio recordings.
After an intense and precisely targeted campaign of a number of international non-governmental organizations, which aimed at raising awareness of gendered violence at the ICTR, the trial of Jean-Paul Akayesu established precedent that rape is a crime of genocide. "...the [Trial] Chamber finds that in most cases, the rapes of Tutsi women in Taba, were accompanied with the intent to kill those women. ... In this respect, it appears clearly to the chamber that the acts of rape and sexual violence, as other acts of serious bodily and mental harm committed against the Tutsi, reflected the determination to make Tutsi women suffer and to mutilate them even before killing them, the intent being to destroy the Tutsi group while inflicting acute suffering on its members in the process." Presiding judge Navanethem Pillay said in a statement after the verdict: "From time immemorial, rape has been regarded as spoils of war. Now it will be considered a war crime. We want to send out a strong message that rape is no longer a trophy of war."
Trial against "hate media" 
The trial against "hate media" began on 23 October 2000. It is charged with the prosecution of the media which encouraged the genocide of 1994.
On 19 August 2003, at the tribunal in Arusha, life sentences were requested for Ferdinand Nahimana, and Jean Bosco Barayagwiza, persons in charge for the Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines, as well as Hassan Ngeze, director and editor of the Kangur newspaper. They were charged with genocide, incitement to genocide, and crimes against humanity, before and during the period of the genocides of 1994. On 3 December 2003, the court found all three defendants guilty and sentenced Nahimana and Ngeze to life imprisonment and Barayagwiza to imprisonment for 35 years. On 28 November 2007, the Appeals Chamber partially allowed appeals against conviction from all three men, reducing their sentences to 30 years' imprisonment for Nahimana, 32 years' imprisonment for Barayagwiza and 35 years' imprisonment for Ngeze.
No prosecutions have been brought against the founders, sponsors or anyone related to Radio Muhabura, a media whose pro-RPF messages were broadcast throughout the country during the 1990-1994 war.
The tribunal consists of 16 judges in four "chambers" - three to hear trials, and one to hear appeals. In addition, there are 9 ad litem judges, making 25 in all. At present, all 9 ad litem judges are assigned to Chambers II and III. There is an additional pool of 9 further ad litem judges who may be called on in the case of a judge being absent.
The column denoted by # indicates the order of precedence.
Trial Chamber I 
|19.||Mparany Rajohnson||Malagasy||Member (Ad litem judge)|
Trial Chamber II 
|4.||William Sekule||Tanzanian||Presiding Judge|
|14.||Solomy Balungi Bossa||Ugandan||Member (Ad litem judge)|
|15.||Lee Gacugia Muthoga||Kenyan||Member (Ad litem judge)|
|16.||Seon Ki Park||South Korean||Member (Ad litem judge)|
Trial Chamber III 
|2.||Florence Rita Arrey||Cameroonian||Vice-President ICTR, Member|
|17.||Gberdao Gustave Kam||Burkinabé||Member (Ad litem judge)|
|1.||Vagn Joensen||Danish||President ICTR, Presiding Judge|
Appeals Chamber 
|3.||Theodor Meron||American||Presiding Judge|
|12.||Khalida Rashid Khan||Pakistani||Member|
Office of the Prosecutor 
The Office of the Prosecutor is divided into two Sections:
- The Investigation Section is responsible for collecting evidence implicating individuals in crimes committed in Rwanda in 1994.
- The Prosecution Section is responsible for prosecuting all cases before the Tribunal.
Hassan Bubacar Jallow of the Gambia is the current prosecutor. He has previously served as the Gambian Attorney-General and Minister of Justice from 1984 to 1994, and subsequently as a Judge of Supreme Court of the Gambia from 1998 to 2002. He was appointed by the Security Council on September 15, 2003 to replace Carla Del Ponte.
The Registry 
The Registry is responsible for the overall administration and management of the ICTR. It also performs other legal functions assigned to it by the Tribunal’s Rules of Procedure and Evidence, and is the Tribunal’s channel of communication.
Related legal activities 
French investigating magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguière is also pursuing a case against the current President, Paul Kagame, and other members of his administration, for the assassination of his predecessor. This case is under the regular jurisdiction of the French courts because French citizens were also killed in the plane crash.
As of 21 February 2013 the ICTR has indicted 94 individuals. Three individuals remain at large as fugitives, two are awaiting trial, 15 are appealing their sentences, and 12 have been acquitted and released from detention. Proceedings against four individuals were terminated after two died and after indictments against two were withdrawn. The cases against ten individuals have been transferred to national jurisdictions, one of which is pending appeal. The Tribunal has finished proceedings against 32 individuals who are currently serving prison sentences, 13 who have finished their sentences and have been released, and three who have died while serving prison sentences.
See also 
- Command responsibility
- Joint Criminal Enterprise
- International Criminal Court
- Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts Project (RULAC)
- Gacaca court
- Genocide Convention
- The Church and the Rwandan Genocide
- Global Justice or Global Revenge? by Hans Köchler
- Anees Ahmed
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 955 S-RES-955(1994) on 8 November 1994 (retrieved 2008-07-23)
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 977 S-RES-977(1995) on 22 February 1995 (retrieved 2008-07-23)
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 1165 S-RES-1165(1998) on 30 April 1998 (retrieved 2008-07-23)
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 1824 S-RES-1824(2008) page 1 on 18 July 2008 (retrieved 2008-07-23)
-  Reuters (July 29, 2008)
- "ICTR to Digitalize Court Proceedings," allafrica.com, 8 Mar 2010
- " ICTR to Digitize Video Recordings of its Trial Proceedings," ICTR website, 4 Mar 2010
- Klaus Bachmann, Thomas Sparrow-Botero, Peter Lambertz: When justice meets politics. Independence and Autonomy of ad hoc international criminal tribunals, Peter Lang Int 2013
- The Prosecutor v. Jean-Paul Akayesu (Trial Judgement), ICTR-96-4-T, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), 2 September 1998, p. 166 ¶.733. Available at: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/40278fbb4.html [accessed 13 April 2010]
- Quoted in citation for honorary doctorate, Rhodes University, April 2005 accessed at  March 23, 2007
- Official site of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
- TRIAL: Cases before ICTR
- Human Rights Watch Report, "Genocide in Rwanda"
- Topical digests of the case law of ICTR and ICTY, Human Rights Watch, 2004
- A case before the ICTR: Jean Kambanda - TRIAL WATCH
- Hirondelle News Agency, Arusha (English + French + Kinyarwanda + Swahili) covering the ICTR trials
- Voices of the Rwanda Tribunal - collection of interviews with tribunal members
- Introductory note by Michael P. Scharf and procedural history note on the Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law