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Rwanda: Rape, justice and privacy

Publication Date: 
June 2, 2011
IRIN Africa
Justice in action: A gacaca court near Kigali (IRIN)

KIGALI, 2 June 2011 (IRIN) - A new report has rekindled debate on whether the Rwandan government "betrayed" women who were raped during the 1994 genocide by letting community-based gacaca courts process their cases. 

The Human Rights Watch (HRW)  marks one of the first attempts by an advocacy group to assess how the gacaca handled rape cases, which were transferred from conventional courts in 2008. (Gacaca means "grass" in Kinyarwanda, symbolizing a gathering place and referring to a system of public conflict resolution once reserved for minor civil disputes.)