August 13, 2000 |
Rwanda, responding to an international outcry, says it will speed up the trials of more than 4,000 minors in detention for their alleged involvement in the country's 1994 genocide. "The Rwandan government has decided to give priority to the trials of minors in speeding up trial proceedings," Justice Minister Jean de Dieu Mucyo said in Kigali, the capital. Most of the youngsters are being held alongside adult suspects in violation of international conventions on children's rights.
October 1, 2006 |
French President Jacques Chirac urged Turkey to acknowledge the mass killings of Armenians in the early 20th century as genocide. Armenians say that as many as 1.5 million of their ancestors were killed from 1915 to 1923 in an organized campaign to force them out of eastern Turkey. Turkey acknowledges that large numbers of Armenians died but says the overall figure is inflated and that the deaths occurred amid civil unrest.
August 22, 2002 |
RWANDA * A former head of Rwanda's army, regarded as one of the most senior suspects facing trial in the country's 1994 genocide, pleaded not guilty before a United Nations tribunal in neighboring Tanzania. Former Maj. Gen. Augustin Bizimungu, 50, appeared angry as he responded to the charges that he conspired to exterminate Rwanda's ethnic Tutsi minority and moderate Hutus. He is also accused of forming and arming militias in the slaughter. More than 800,000 people died.
June 13, 2007 |
Cambodian and international judges announced rules for a U.N.-backed genocide trial, putting aside the last major roadblock to trying former Khmer Rouge leaders. The deal was reached during a weeklong meeting that followed six months of disagreement about how to proceed, the judges said at a joint news conference in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. About 1.7 million people died from hunger, disease, overwork and execution under the communist Khmer Rouge during its 1975-79 reign.
February 20, 2003 |
A United Nations tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania, convicted a Rwandan pastor and his son of genocide and crimes against humanity for calling in Hutu gangs to kill minority Tutsis who had sought refuge in a Kibuye, Rwanda, church in 1994. Elizaphan Ntakirutimana, 78, pastor at the Seventh-day Adventist church, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Gerald Ntakirutimana, 45, a doctor at the affiliated hospital, was sentenced to 25 years.
June 20, 2002 |
RWANDA * Residents of Rwanda's capital, Kigali, met in a dusty clearing to open the first session of a community court to try neighbors accused of participating in a 1994 genocide. Survivors joined the suspects to learn procedures and schedule the weekly sessions. Similar openings were held at 12 locations across Rwanda. The courts are being used to speed up trials for the 115,000 people suspected of taking part in the massacre of more than 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu moderates.
February 28, 2006 |
Bosnia-Herzegovina accused Serbia and Montenegro of taking non-Serbs on a "path to hell" in the 1992-95 Bosnian war, as the highest U.N. court launched its first hearings into state-sponsored genocide. The International Court of Justice in The Hague opened the case 13 years after Bosnia sued the rump Yugoslav state from which it seceded in 1992, triggering a war in which at least 100,000 people were killed. If Bosnia wins, it could seek billions of dollars in compensation.
August 19, 2011 |
Issa Munyangaju is willing to tell his story, but he requires a beer. He sips a Primus in a dim concrete bar and talks about the houseboy he shot during the genocide. They were friends, he says, until they came to a roadblock manned by Hutu militiamen. They gave Munyangaju, also Hutu, a gun. They told him he would be killed if he didn't execute his friend, whose ethnic group, the Tutsis, had been targeted for extermination. "I followed their orders," Munyangaju, 44, says. He put a bullet in the young man's stomach, and was within earshot when another shot finished him off. While he was in prison, government officials visited to tout the benefits of confessing at a type of trial known as gacaca (pronounced ga-CHA-cha)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2001 |
Armenians throughout Southern California will gather today for a series of public events to remember victims of the first-recorded genocide of the 20th century, when an estimated 1.5 million people were killed by the Turks during World War I. A protest will be held in front of the Turkish Consulate, 4801 Wilshire Blvd., at 3 p.m. Thousands are expected to march, chant and hold protest signs that call for the Turkish government's acknowledgment of the genocide, which it has long denied.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2010 |
There will come a day, some said, when Armenians won't need to take to the streets in protest, and they will simply honor slain ancestors with peaceful lament. But that day didn't appear any closer Saturday, as Armenians gathered worldwide to commemorate the Armenian genocide of 1915, which claimed the lives of about 1.2 million Armenians under Ottoman-ruled Turkey. In Yerevan, Armenia's capital, hundreds of thousands laid flowers at a monument to the victims, while across Southern California, Armenian families marched, prayed and paused to remember lost great-grandparents, great-grand-uncles and great-grand-aunts —loved ones who were deported, starved, arrested and executed almost 100 years ago. The Turkish government does not recognize the genocide, and a long-debated resolution that would call for the United States to officially acknowledge the killings faces opposition in Congress.