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Rwanda 2014: Backing justice

7 April 2014

Brussels – On 7 April 1994, Rwanda’s genocide started, eventually claiming some 800,000 victims. In 1996, tens of thousands of genocide trials needed to be carried out, and the devastated judicial system needed to be reconstructed. Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) mobilised in response to this massive need for justice. Today, Chantal van Cutsem, ASF coordinator for the Great Lakes region, reflects on the continued need for effective, independent justice in Rwanda. Continue reading

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Anti-homosexuality Bill impacts on human rights defenders

2 April 2014

Kampala – The Anti-Homosexuality Act signed last February by the President of Uganda Museveni not only prohibits same sex sexual acts; it also creates the offence of “promotion of homosexuality” and “aiding and abating homosexuality” thus criminalizing persons who defend the rights of and provide basic services such as health services to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and other gender diverse people (LGBTI) in Uganda. Continue reading

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For a more accessible justice system in eastern Congo

19 March 2014

The vulnerable population in the east of the DRC is benefiting from free legal advice thanks to a new partnership between the bar associations in the region and ASF. In practice, this means that more life is injected into the free legal aid services, helping to make the justice system more attainable for people seeking justice, and to assist in bringing about a return to peace. Continue reading

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