Court of Remorse: Inside the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Paperback | August 5, 2010

byThierry CruvellierTranslated byChari Voss

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When genocidal violence gripped Rwanda in 1994, the international community recoiled, hastily withdrawing its peacekeepers. Late that year, in an effort to redeem itself, the United Nations Security Council created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to seek accountability for some of the worst atrocities since World War II: the genocide suffered by the Tutsi and crimes against humanity suffered by the Hutu. But faced with competing claims, the prosecution focused exclusively on the crimes of Hutu extremists. No charges would be brought against the Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front, which ultimately won control of the country. The UN, as if racked by guilt for its past inaction, gave in to pressure by Rwanda’s new leadership. With the Hutu effectively silenced, and the RPF constantly reminding the international community of its failure to protect the Tutsi during the war, the Tribunal pursued an unusual form of one-sided justice, born out of contrition.  
    Fascinated by the Tribunal’s rich complexities, journalist Thierry Cruvellier came back day after day to watch the proceedings, spending more time there than any other outside observer. Gradually he gained the confidence of the victims, defendants, lawyers, and judges. Drawing on interviews with these protagonists and his close observations of their interactions, Cruvellier takes readers inside the courtroom to witness the motivations, mechanisms, and manipulations of justice as it unfolded on the stage of high-stakes, global politics. It is this ground-level view that makes his account so valuable—and so absorbing. A must-read for those who want to understand the dynamics of international criminal tribunals, Court of Remorse reveals both the possibilities and the challenges of prosecuting human rights violations.
 
 
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When genocidal violence gripped Rwanda in 1994, the international community recoiled, hastily withdrawing its peacekeepers. Late that year, in an effort to redeem itself, the United Nations Security Council created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to seek accountability for some of the worst atrocities since World War II:...

Thierry Cruvellier, an investigative journalist, covered the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda from 1997 to 2002. Since then, he has reported on tribunals in Sierra Leone, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Cambodia. Cruvellier also founded the International Justice Tribune, an online magazine covering international criminal justice. Cha...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:August 5, 2010Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Historical Reference Points   

Prologue   
1. The Addis Ababa Departure Lounge   
2. The Eagle Eye   
3. At the First Judgment   
4. Lines of Defense   
5. The Fool's Game   
6. Counting Up the Interahamwe   
7. The White Man's Grave   
8. A Little Murder among Friends   
9. Opening Up Kibuye   
10. Be like the Arab   
11. Closing Up Shop   
12. A Mayor in Turmoil   
13. The Principle of Ignorance   
14. The Betrayal of the "Moderates"   
15. Like a Flight of Termites   
16. Loser's Justice   
17. Giving and Taking Back   

Acknowledgments   
Notes   
Index   

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“By far the best and most serious reckoning of the workings of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Cruvellier spent years closely watching the proceedings, and his astutely observed scenes of courtroom drama establish his sympathy for this experiment in justice. But he ultimately comes to question the very idea that the world’s major powers should use international courts to adjudicate the political crimes of weaker countries. After all, he asks, isn’t it inevitable that such tribunals will reflect the weaknesses, compromises, and lack of international engagement that produced them in the first place?”—Philip Gourevitch, author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families