Africa at Noon on April 8, 2015

NGO Justice: African Rights as Pseudo-Prosecutor of the Rwandan Genocide

Luc Reydams
Professor, Political Science
University of Notre Dame

Time and Location

12:00pm, 206 Ingra­ham Hall, 1155 Obser­va­tory Drive, Madi­son, WI

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Twenty years ago, a little known, underfunded and unincorporated, two-person ‘NGO’ called African Rights (AR) surprised with its massive and detailed reports on the Rwandan genocide. On the basis of interviews with former AR collaborators, RPF defectors, journalists and diplomats, Reydams shows that these reports were produced with substantial help from the Rwandan Patriotic Front and that African Rights gradually became an RPF front. He also considers their impact on the narratives of the Rwandan drama and on international criminal justice.


Luc Reydams is professor of law at the Catholic University of Lublin (Poland) and professor of the practice in the department of political science at the University of Notre Dame.