Interpol has vowed to track down perpetrators of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and see to it that justice prevails.
This was disclosed by the Secretary General of the international Police body – Interpol – Ronald K. Noble, during the official opening of the 6th Interpol International Meeting on Genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, which kicked off in Kigali, April 14, 2014.
The three-day meeting is attended by experts from 41 Interpol member countries, civil society and international organizations, is held under the theme “Closing the Impunity Gap.”
“We will ensure that every single fugitive wanted for the genocide is brought to justice; whether it takes one, five, ten years or perhaps a century, our determination remains the same to the very end, the end that sees the last fugitive brought to justice,” Mr. Noble said.
In a speech, which he dedicated to genocide victims, he observed that “nothing that we say can ever replace the extraordinary loss of lives or heal the pain of this nation or its people” but added that the body will strive to ensure that justice is served.
“We have a good cooperation with Rwanda and many countries are setting up units to apprehend fugitives and we are sure of the success, no matter how long it takes,” he added.
He appealed to all member countries to cooperate to ensure that fugitives sheltered or hiding there are apprehended.
In 1997, the fourth general assembly recommended the cooperation with International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and Yugoslavia – ICTR and ICTY – and RNP to arrest and transfer perpetuators of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
In 2003, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution which among other things, called on states to cooperate with Interpol to apprehend and transfer genocide fugitives indicted by the ICTR and ICTY.
“Throughout these years, we have been consistently on the path to bringing to justice those responsible for the heinous acts of 1994 in Rwanda,” he stated.
Out of about 200 red notices issued by Interpol’s National Central Bureau in Kigali, only about 40 were honoured by member countries.
Johnstone Busingye, the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General also appealed to countries to “distance politics with crimes.”
“If you have a political issue, kindly separate it from crime because today might be Rwanda, tomorrow might be you. In the area of crime prevention and tracking of criminals and bringing them to justice, there should be a professional rather than a political approach,” Minister Busingye said.
Reacting on countries that allege that there is no fair justice in Rwanda, Busingye said: “It is really a choice and excuse people want to use.”
The ICTR has decided otherwise, the European Court of Human Rights, Norwegian and Belgium courts have decided otherwise, the United States’ Courts have decided that Rwanda’s justice is as good as any others. So, whoever is using this excuse now is probably just looking for a convenient excuse.”