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The Tribunal'S Interpretation And Implementation Of The Genocide Convention

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This chapter discusses two cases that have an important influence on the interpretation of the concept of genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). It looks at the precise implementation of the definition of genocide by the Tribunal. The chapter considers the broad definition taken by the Tribunal by considering the case of a conviction for incitement to genocide based on a speech. It then addresses the issues related to early warning, namely the condemnation of the mass media's role during the months preceding the genocide, which amounted to a conviction for genocide. The chapter discusses Akayesu's conviction for direct and public incitement to genocide, which was a revolutionary decision for the ICTR. Another case in which the Tribunal gave an extensive legal analysis of the concept of genocide is the case against Ferdinand Nahimana, Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza and Hassan Ngeze; the so-called &t;Media-case.&t;.

Keywords: Akayesu's conviction; early warning; genocide convention; international criminal tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR); media-case; tribunal's interpretation



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