UN prosecutor charges former Rwandan minister with contempt
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A United Nations prosecutor has charged a former Rwandan planning minister with contempt of court for allegedly bribing witnesses to recant testimony in an attempt to...
Get-tough Brazilian governor decries ‘genocide’ in Rio state
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The governor of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state said Sunday that he wants fresh measures to prevent arms from flooding into the state from other countries and to stop what he...
French bank BNP Paribas accused of enabling Sudan war crimes
PARIS (AP) — An alliance of human right organizations says nine Sudanese people have filed a criminal complaint against French bank BNP Paribas for alleged complicity in crimes against humanity,...
UN mission accuses accountability for Myanmar ‘genocide’
BANGKOK (AP) — A special U.N. fact-finding mission has urged that Myanmar be held responsible in international legal forums for alleged genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority.
UN report condemns sexual violence by Myanmar military
BANGKOK (AP) — Sexual violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide...
Amnesty urges Sudan’s military to extradite ousted al-Bashir
CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International is urging Sudan's military rulers to hand over longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court to stand trial for war crimes and genocide...
Sudan’s rebels want a role in transitional government
CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese rebel alliance said Wednesday it should be represented in the transitional government formed by the military and the pro-democracy movement.
5 years on, Yazidis still live with IS massacre, enslavement
BAGHDAD (AP) — Five years after their lives were torn apart by Islamic State militants, the Yazidis of Iraq are still unable to return home or locate hundreds of their women and children kidnapped...
Sudan officials: Ousted president moved to Khartoum prison
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's military rulers transferred ousted President Omar al-Bashir to a prison in the country's capital as hundreds of people marched Wednesday to a sit-in outside the army...
Bosnian Serb wrongly calls Srebrenica massacre a ‘myth’
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A Bosnian Serb leader has wrongly called the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, where over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb troops, "a fabricated...
Sudan army removes leader, rejects al-Bashir extradition
CAIRO (AP) — The Sudanese military on Friday swiftly replaced the country's transitional leader linked to the Darfur genocide after street rallies against him and said that it wouldn't hand over...
Sudan leader’s iron grip finally slips amid protests
BEIRUT (AP) — He was the world's only sitting head of state wanted for genocide. He lost a third of his country, a quarter of its population and most of its oil resources when South Sudan broke...
Leader of Sudan coup on US sanction list for Darfur genocide
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's defense minister, who led the overthrow Thursday of autocratic ruler Omar al-Bashir, has had his assets blocked by the U.S. Treasury since 2007 for supporting and managing...
A timeline of key events in rule of Sudan’s al-Bashir
CAIRO (AP) — After 30 years in power, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was arrested and deposed by the military on Thursday, following nearly four months of protests against his rule. The army...
25 years after genocide, Rwanda’s Kagame is praised, feared
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A quarter-century after Rwanda's brutal genocide, President Paul Kagame remains a constant figure atop the country's politics, feted by those who say it needs his visionary...
25 years after genocide, Rwanda’s president praises healing
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's President Paul Kagame said Monday that the perpetrators of the 1994 genocide feel repentant for killing some 800,000 people and that is helping the country to find...
25 years after genocide, Rwanda has a new light, says leader
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Twenty-five years after the start of a genocide that killed some 800,000 people, Rwanda is rebuilding with hope and shines with a new light, President Paul Kagame said at...
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The Latest on the commemorations to mark the start of Rwanda's genocide 25 years ago. (all times local):
25 years after genocide, can Rwanda heal? 6 villages try
MBYO, Rwanda (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, Tasian Nkundiye murdered his neighbor with a machete.
The 43-year-old Hutu and a few other men from his Rwandan village chopped the Tutsi man to...
BOSTON (AP) — A Rwandan man suspected of participating in the African country's 1994 genocide has been convicted of immigration fraud and perjury after seeking asylum in the U.S.
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has ordered a government study into the country's role in Rwanda before and during its 1994 genocide.
AP Was There: Only human wreckage left in Karubamba village
KARUBAMBA, Rwanda (AP) — This story was first published on May 13, 1994 when AP journalist Mark Fritz reported on the Rwandan genocide, for which he won a Pulitzer prize. We are reprinting the...
AP Photos: 25 years ago, images exposed Rwanda’s genocide
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, Rwanda descended into an orgy of violence in which some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred by the majority Hutu population over a 100-day...
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on a U.N. court's decision on the conviction and sentencing of ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic (all times local):
UN judges increase sentence for Bosnian ex-leader to life
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic, one of the chief architects of the slaughter and devastation of Bosnia's 1992-95 war, was sentenced to life...
Dutch police detain genocide suspect sought by Rwanda
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police have detained a Rwandan man suspected of involvement in his country's 1994 genocide.
Prosecutors say in a statement that authorities in Rwanda have...
Final verdict looms for ex-Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Nearly a quarter of a century since Bosnia's devastating war ended, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is set to hear the final judgment on whether he can be...
UN court sets date for deciding Bosnian Serb leader’s appeal
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A United Nations court says it will deliver its judgment next month in former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic's appeal of his convictions for genocide and other...
France drops probe of air crash that led to Rwandan genocide
PARIS (AP) — French authorities have dropped a sensitive investigation into the plane crash that sparked Rwanda's 1994 genocide, citing lack of sufficient evidence.
Several people close to Rwanda's current president, Paul Kagame, had been under investigation. Rwanda's government denounced the probe as an attempt to deflect responsibility from France's suspected role in the genocide, and welcomed the decision to end it.
Rwandan leader says at least 2 troops killed in rebel attack
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan President Paul Kagame says at least two soldiers were killed when rebels crossed into the country from Congo earlier this week.
Kagame on Friday blamed the Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, which has links to perpetrators of the 1994 genocide, and the Rwanda National Congress, founded by a former army chief.
Suspect in Rwanda genocide home after Denmark extradites him
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan teacher accused of participating in the country's 1994 genocide has arrived home to face charges after his extradition from Denmark.
Prosecution spokesman Justin Nkusi confirmed the arrival Tuesday of 50-year-old Wenceslas Twagirayezu and said he is considered a key perpetrator of the genocide that killed over 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus.
Rwanda says forces clash with rebels from neighboring Congo
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's army says its forces have fought and repelled suspected rebels who crossed into the country from neighboring Congo, killing four of them.
Army spokesman Innocent Munyengango tells The Associated Press that the attack by suspected Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda occurred on Sunday in western Rubavu district. Munyengango says no Rwandan forces were killed.
The mayor of Rubavu district tells local media that one resident was injured.
In South Sudan, a new approach in ending child soldiers’ use
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — After coming face to face with "unpredictable" gun-waving children almost 25 years ago, the former commander of the failed U.N. peacekeeping mission during the Rwandan genocide dedicated his life to eliminating the use of children as weapons of war.
European zoos to send critically endangered rhinos to Rwanda
DVUR KRALOVE, Czech Republic (AP) — Wildlife parks in three European countries on Tuesday announced they are joining forces to send critically endangered eastern black rhinos back to their natural habitat in Rwanda, where the entire rhino population was wiped out during the genocide in the 1990s.
UN investigator: Genocide still taking place in Myanmar
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Genocide is still taking place against Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar and the government is increasingly demonstrating it has no interest in establishing a fully functioning democracy, U.N. investigators said Wednesday.
College student writes book about surviving genocide
PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — Lievin Manisha was 6 years old when he watched as his family and neighbors were beaten, raped and beheaded. He became an orphan and lived in a refugee camp until he was kidnapped, tortured and nearly killed at the age of 12.
Sexual violence, a savage feature of conflict over centuries
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Through the ages, sexual violence has been a savage feature of armed conflict, often systematically inflicted by combatants on girls and women in what the world today defines as a war crime. It happened in the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and in modern times, too: Mass rape occurred in World War II, as it did during the Balkan wars and the Rwandan genocide in the 1990s.
Danish court: Man can be extradited to Rwanda for war crimes
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An appeals court in Denmark says a man can be extradited to his native Rwanda where he is suspected of committing crimes against humanity in 1994.
The Eastern High Court in Copenhagen on Friday said Wenceslas Twagirayezu can be deported on suspicion of taking part in a massacre in a church and at a university where more than 1,000 people were killed.
More mass graves discovered from Rwanda’s genocide
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Authorities in Rwanda have found new mass graves they say contain 5,400 bodies of genocide victims nearly a quarter-century after the 1994 bloodshed.
Naphtal Ahishakiye, executive secretary of genocide survivors' organization Ibuka, told The Associated Press the bodies were exhumed from 26 mass graves in the capital's Kicukiro district.
He said the discovery followed a tip from a man who heard about the graves as a child.
Rwanda frees opposition leader, 2,100 others from prison
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A prominent Rwandan opposition leader walked free on Saturday after the government approved the early release of more than 2,100 prisoners with little explanation.
Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza's release surprised many because it is unusual for longtime President Paul Kagame to pardon potential challengers. She quickly urged Kagame to release all other political prisoners.
"The beginning of opening of the political space in Rwanda, I hope so," she told reporters.
Bolton: International Criminal Court ‘already dead to us’
WASHINGTON (AP) — America's long-running reluctant relationship with the International Criminal Court came to a crashing halt as decades of U.S. suspicions about the tribunal and its global jurisdiction spilled into open hostility, amid threats of sanctions if it investigates U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
US relationship with international court crashes under Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — America's long-running reluctant relationship with the International Criminal Court came to a crashing halt on Monday as decades of U.S. suspicions about the tribunal and its global jurisdiction spilled into open hostility, amid threats of sanctions if it investigates U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Professor’s fate: Cleared of murders, convicted for speech
TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Catherine Mukantabana did her best after her husband was taken away. She consoled the children, worked as a nurse in Towson and tried to escape the grim allegations that haunted them.
This summer came an answer to her prayers. And yet, the phone call brought both comfort and grief.
The world would know her husband was no war criminal. But he still wasn't coming home.
UN team: Myanmar military chiefs should face ‘genocide’ case
GENEVA (AP) — Investigators working for the U.N.'s top human rights body said Monday that Myanmar military leaders should be prosecuted for genocide against Rohingya Muslims, taking the unusual step of identifying by name six of those it says were behind systematic crimes targeting the ethnic minority.
Annan leaves legacy of fighting for equality and rights
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Kofi Annan left the United Nations far more committed than it had been to combating poverty, promoting equality and fighting for human rights — and until his death Saturday he was speaking out strongly for nations working together to solve problems and worried about the rise of nationalism.
UN envoy criticizes Bosnian Serb action on Srebrencia
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. official focusing on preventing genocide on Thursday sharply criticized the Bosnian Serb legislature's decision to revoke support for a government report acknowledging the massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica.
Special Adviser Adama Dieng called the National Assembly's decision on Tuesday "a step backwards for Bosnia and Herzegovina."
ICC anniversary: Support for court, concern at challenges
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — On the 20th anniversary of the statute that created the International Criminal Court, supporters praised the tribunal's actions to punish perpetrators of the world's worst atrocities and expressed concerns about the enormous challenges and political attacks it faces.
Local Bosnians to remember victims of Srebrenica genocide
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — After fleeing war and genocide in Bosnia that claimed the lives of several family members, Sabina Husic remembers having to box that pain and grief away to start a new life with her family in Bowling Green.
"When we came here to the United States, it was a very big burden to carry," said Husic, who came to the U.S. when she was 8 years old, not knowing whether she would see her family again.