IBUKA calls on French to follow Canada, USA and Netherlands on genocide suspects’ extradition

IBUKA today commended the recent deportations and extraditions of genocide fugitives to Rwanda. Jean Claude Henri Seyoboka was deported from Canada, Claude Iyamuremye, and Jean-Baptiste Mugimba were extradited from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Leopold Munyakazi was deported from the United States.

All four suspects fought expulsion for many years before losing their cases. They will now stand trial for crimes they are accused of committing in Rwanda during the Genocide against the Tutsi.

IBUKA President Prof Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu said “Genocide survivors welcome these deportations and extraditions because they are critical for justice. They are also important for national healing because there is no reconciliation without justice. We applaud this demonstration of international solidarity and trust in the fairness of the Rwandan judicial system.”

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“However, other genocide perpetrators continue to live freely in different countries especially in France. These countries have to follow the example of Canada, the Netherlands and the United States, and cooperate with the government of Rwanda to bring genocide suspects to justice, whether in Rwanda or wherever they live today. To do this would uphold the dignity of the victims.”

IBUKA is the umbrella body of organisations representing genocide survivors in Rwanda. Its mission is to promote the welfare of survivors of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, preserve the memory of the victims, combat genocide denial and uphold justice.

Prof Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu, IBUKA President

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