EU criticized for genocidaires policies

Two human rights groups – REDRESS and International Federation for Human Rights – have accused major European countries of harboring and giving safe haven to Rwandan genocidaires.

“Thirteen years after the Rwandan genocide, it is unacceptable that perpetrators continue to live freely in Europe,” they said.

Suspects were living in Belgium, France, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway, the groups said.

Alain Gauthier, a human rights campaigner representing Rwandans in France, said there were “political brakes” in France to putting suspects on trial, while lawyer Jeanne Sulzer said the judiciary lacked resources in Belgium.

With the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda working on a deadline of 2008, it is unlikely they will finish prosecuting those responsible.

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