A Framework for Post-Genocide Rwanda: Legal Imperatives Concerning Transitional Justice

  • Pietro SulloEmail author
Part of the International Criminal Justice Series book series (ICJS, volume 20)


This chapter provides a legal framework for countries in transition after mass atrocities and widespread human rights violations. It depicts the obligations under international law of the Rwandan state in the aftermath of the genocide relevant under the point of view of transitional justice. I firstly stress the constitutional implications of transitional justice processes. Then the scope of the individual right to reparation for victims of international crimes, the principle of duty to prosecute gross human rights violations and the emerging right to the truth under international law are analysed. The legal framework provided is used to highlight what are the rights of the victims of the Rwandan genocide and to what extent Rwandan prosecution policies were in harmony with international standards.


International law constitutional transitions duty to prosecute reparation right to the truth victim International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Universal Declaration of Human Rights Convention on the Rights of the Child UN Human Rights Committee 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brussels School of International StudiesUniversity of KentBrusselsBelgium

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