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Challenges of Investigating and Prosecuting International Crimes

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From the inception of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UN-ICTR or ICTR), investigation and prosecution of persons suspected of committing crimes under the Statute of the Tribunal has continued to pose serious challenges to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP). This chapter identifies the salient policy and practical challenges the OTP has faced in the investigation and prosecution of the Rwandan genocide, and outlines measures taken and efforts made to meet those challenges. The OTP has been criticized for apparent lack of investigation and prosecution strategy on rape. The OTP has replaced long and winding indictments with short and precise ones. Indictment reviews have been put in place to ensure trial readiness. With the policy of prosecuting single accused cases it is expected that trials will last no more than six months.

Keywords: international crimes; Office of the Prosecutor (OTP); Rwandan genocide; UN-ICTR



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