Two Rwandans given life sentences for role in 1994 genocide

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ICTR building in Kigali, Rwanda

Life sentences have been handed down to two senior members of Rwanda's former ruling party for their roles in the 1994 genocide in the East African country.

The UN tribunal for Rwanda, the ICTR, ruled that Matthieu Ngirumpatse and Edouard Karemera bore what it called “command responsibility” for the genocide.

Around 800,000 people were killed in the genocide.

Danford Mpumliwa from the ICTR says the convictions are significant.

"These are important as there is an element of what we call command responsibility. They were senior army officers. Their juniors committed crimes, while they were their bosses and they never took any action to stop those atrocities. They never penalised those people."

Duration: 15″

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