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09.03.2017 09:48 Age: 162 days

Malian Justice and Human Rights Minister visits the CNLG

On 8 March 2017, Malian Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Mamadou Ismaila Konaté, paid a courtesy call to the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), where he was received by the Commission’s Executive Secretary, Dr. Jean-Damascène Bizimana.

 The Executive Secretary explained to the Malian Minister the history of the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi. He told him that the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi in 1994 was the result of the bad policy sown by the colonial system and perpetuated by the regimes that successively settled after independence.

In addition, he added that the Gacaca courts have helped to bring justice and reconciliation to Rwandans. On this subject, he told him that the archives of the Gacaca courts are currently under digitization process for better preservation.

 However, he recalled that some people condemned by Gacaca or not yet tried are still at large, which according to him, requires cooperation to apprehend them and try them.

They also discussed the early release of certain genocidaires convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) detained in Mali without consulting Rwanda. They said that the early release of Genocide convicts like Ferdinand Nahimana and father Emmanuel Rukundo is a deliberate violation of international rules, including the residual mechanism of international criminal tribunals.

 "The fact that Rwanda was not consulted for the early release of the genocidaires detained in Mali is shocking. This is clearly a violation of the mechanism's procedures since the concerned parties were not consulted," declared the Minister Mamadou Ismaila Konaté.

 "A treaty should be signed between Rwanda and Mali so that both countries can counteract unscrupulous decisions that trivialize the Genocide," said Minister Mamadou Ismaila Konaté.

The Minister, who is in the country for a five-day study and consultation tour, said that the two countries are focused on building quality relations and that his visit is intended to learn from what Rwanda has achieved in The justice sector.