Voices of the Tribunal

For over twenty years, the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda worked to apprehend and prosecute those most responsible for the 1994 genocide. As the ICTR came to a close, we asked judges, lawyers and experts to reflect on their experiences.

In 1994, in the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda Dr. Lyal S. Sunga served as special investigator for the UN Security Council’s Commission of Experts on Rwanda and drafted reports to the UN Secretary-General that recommended the establishment of the ICTR. Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp served as the Senior Trial Attorney, former Chief of Prosecutions. Both share their experience. You can watch the whole interview series here.

“Justice by itself cannot heal all wounds but it is part of a broader solution to try to resurrect the rule of law.”

Dr. Lyal S. Sunga, Head of Rule of Law

“There was just no end of challenges… but there were a lot of people ready to pitch in and make it work.”

Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp, Distinguished Fellow

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