Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz is currently on a five-day official mission to Rwanda, a trip which will see him in Kigali from 24 to 28 July 2023.
The Chief Prosecutor’s mission to Rwanda follows the arrest of Fulgence Kayishema on 24 May in Paarl, South Africa.
Brammertz is the Chief Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.
His itinerary includes the planned visit to the Nyange Parish Genocide Memorial.
At the Parish Genocide Memorial he is expected to meet with survivors and victims and local dignitaries.
Afterwards the Prosecutor will be meeting with the IBUKA representatives in Kigali.
Ibuka was formed to be an organization of national and international reference in issues of genocide prevention, preservation of genocide, memory and fight against any kind of genocide ideology.
According to an official statement from the Mechanism in Arusha, these meetings will be an opportunity for the Prosecutor to brief victims and survivors on the arrest of Kayishema and his future trial.
They will also discuss the ongoing Felician Kabuga case, and the Office of the Prosecutor’s continued efforts to support more accountability for crimes committed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
The Chief Prosecutor gets to meet with Rwandan officials, including the Minister of Justice, Dr. Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, the Minister of National Unity and Civic Engagement, Dr Jean-Damascène Bizimana, the Prosecutor General Aimable Havugiyaremye and the Inspector General of Police, Deputy Commissioner General Felix Namuhoranye.
The topics of discussions will include the continued strong cooperation between the Office of the Prosecutor and the Government of Rwanda.
The United Nations Security Council created the Mechanism on 22 December 2010 as a “small, temporary and efficient structure.”
The Mechanism started operating on 1 July 2012 in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania, and on 1 July 2013 in The Hague, the Netherlands.
The Arusha branch inherited functions from the ICTR, and the Hague branch from the ICTY.
During the initial years of the Mechanism’s existence, it operated in parallel with the ICTR and the ICTY.
Following the closure of the ICTR (on 31 December 2015) and the ICTY (on 31 December 2017), the Mechanism continued to operate as a stand-alone institution.