This evening of 12th March 2018, the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court, Professor Sam Rugege officiated the closing ceremony of a six-month training program on International Criminal law which was initiated by Rwanda Bar Association and financially supported by the Dutch Embassy in Rwanda.
This training aimed at strengthening the capacities of Rwandan Defense Lawyers to relay on international criminal law and jurisprudence in the provision of legal services with the suspects of the Genocide, crimes against humanity and other related crimes who are continuously transferred to Rwanda from International Jurisdictions since 2011 to date.
The Rwanda Bar Association Relied on IDLO’s competency of strengthening and integrity of institutions to deliver justice and protect rights in order to equip the group of 75 RBA members with more advanced practical skills to adequately deal with crimes of the Genocide and other International crimes cases.
In his introductory and welcome Remarks the President of Rwanda Bar Association took the time thank the Dutch Embassy which made that training possible through its financial support. He also expressed his gratitude to IDLO for quality trainers and training materials.
The Guest of Honour, Honorable Chief Justice Prof. Sam RUGEGE thanked the Bar Association and its partners for having organized such an important training as Rwandan courts continue to receive genocide transfer cases from international jurisdictions. He added that this program should continue through the Bar Continuing legal education programs.
The Guest of Honor also recommended that the acquired skills be supplemented by legal researches in this field of law as well as other areas of Law.
He concluded by thanking the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rwanda for the support they have been providing to the Justice sector as to strengthen the Rule of Law, Human Rights and access to justice process.