Court: Suspicion of participation in genocide Rwanda (1994) insufficiently motivated

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Amsterdam, 20 October 2015 - Today the District Court of Arnhem published its decision in the case of a former Rwandan, who was accused by the organisation African Rights of participating in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Because of these accusations the State-secretary of Security Justice had revoked his Dutch citizenship.

The Court ruled that a report from African Rights - a human rights organisation much criticized because of its close connections with the Rwandan regime - is insufficient to prove that someone has actually committed the acts alleged by African Rights.

The person in question, who is represented by Marq Wijngaarden, is member of the Rwandan opposition in exile (in Rwanda, opposition  is factually forbidden), and was himself placed on a death list in 1994 by the former regime.

The Court found the appeal well-founded, and ordered the State-secretary to review its decision on the objections.

A link tot his decision can be found here.

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