Reparations

IBUKA Press Release: Roundtable Discussion, 28 June 2013

Press release: Roundtable Discussion, Kigali28 June 2013

Report on the International Trust Fund for Survivors of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda-and-Joint Declaration on the Rights to Reparation for Survivors of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda

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2014 is the twentieth commemoration of the genocide, and will mark the closure of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). This presents a unique opportunity to deliver reparation to survivors of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, for which the Government of Rwanda does not have the resources, and for which the ICTR does not have the mandate

For this reason, on Friday 28 June 2013, IBUKA has called for a roundtable discussion to launch the publication of the Report on the International Trust Fund for Survivors of the Genocide Against the Tutsis in Rwanda and to sign the Joint Declaration on the Rights to Reparation for Survivors of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, issued by IBUKA and the Rwanda Civil Society Platform. Download full Joint Declaration here

 The Report on the International Trust Fund provides a detailed roadmap for the establishment of the International Trust Fund for Survivors of the Genocide Against the Tutsis in Rwanda. This Fund would act as a vehicle to collect and deliver collective reparation to survivors through survivors organizations and programs in Rwanda. The Fund ensures an inclusive approach to the decision-making, management and monitoring of programs, while representing the voices of survivors organizations and individual survivors. The funds will be collected by the Fund’s Board of Trustees and by its Advisory Committee, through various sources: UN contributions, donations from foreign governments, fundraising within the Rwandan diaspora community, harnessing previously seized assets of genocide perpetrators, etc. Through a strict vetting process, these funds will then be distributed by the Fund’s Secretariat to survivors programs that require financial support and that meet the Fund’s eligibility criteria. All steps taken by the Fund – from fundraising to disbursement – will be carried out in consultation with the Government of Rwanda and with local survivors organizations.

The Joint Declaration on the Rights to Reparation for Survivors of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda was developed by IBUKA and the Rwanda Civil Society Platform to highlight both the issue of reparations in Rwanda and the urgent need to establish the International Trust Fund. With the closure of the gacaca courts and the upcoming termination of the ICTR, IBUKA and the RCSP affirm the right to reparation for genocide survivors in Rwanda, according to the UN Basic Principles and Guidelines. The Joint Declaration outlines different forms of reparation and compensation that Rwanda’s survivor communities are legally entitled to – both tangible and symbolic. While IBUKA and the RCSP applaud the Government of Rwanda’s work in the area of assistance for genocide survivors, they are calling on the Government of Rwanda and the international community to recognize and address the survivors’ need for reparation and justice. For this reason, the Joint Declaration strongly supports the establishment of the International Trust Fund, which would provide survivors with a reliable mechanism for reparation and compensation. It is only through reparation that reconciliation and self-reliance can truly be achieved in Rwanda.

Signed by IBUKA, Rwanda Civil society Platform

For further Information please contact Mr. Egide Nkuranga at Tel: +250 78 830 8737/+25072 715 3446

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