Tuesday, 27 March 2012


Sexual crimes Rwanda : Sexual crimes court to be established
All eleven countries in the Great Lakes Region have been mandated to set up special tribunals to take on cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) as part of the implementation of the Kampala declaration such crimes.
The recommendation was made by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) held in Kampala this march 21.
The meetings also agreed on setting up a profound mechanism to ensure that the perpetrators of sexual violence are arrested and face justice immediately, and victims able to get medical attention in less than 72 hours.
The establishment of the courts will be solely left to the responsibility of each of the regional countries’ prosecution office and the office of the Chief Justice, according to Immaculate Ingabire, the Coordinator of Rwanda’s National Coalition on Fighting Violence against women.
Dr. Jean Jacques Purusi Sadiki, the Executive Assistant to the ICGLR Executive Secretary, said that these courts are essential in the fight against such violence and their establishment is a timely move for the region as a block.
The meeting also resolved on a new campaign of zero tolerance on sexual and gender based violence to be launched at regional level by the ICGLR Heads of State Chairperson President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.


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