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  • FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: But the way you did it, with these so-called gacaca courts.

    CNN Transcript Aug 1, 2009

  • But when you look at the gacaca, which is traditionally a way of bringing together the people and community, tell what they went through, and admit what they have done, and then ask forgiveness, the gacaca today is basically a court of -- court of law.

    CNN Transcript Nov 18, 2009

  • In villages around the country, traditional community trials called gacaca help the victims confront the killers in front of all of their neighbors.

    CNN Transcript Nov 18, 2009

  • Of the three suspects so far arrested, one was the victim's neighbour who she repeatedly accused of killing all her family members and was recently freed after confessing before local courts called gacaca, the group said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • They contend the current Rwandan government is using its legal system, community-based courts known as "gacaca" and re-education camps to manipulate the truth about the country's history during that period in order to maintain its rule.

    The Seattle Times

  • In 2001, the government began implementation of a grassroots village-level justice system, known as gacaca, in order to address the enormous backlog of cases stemming from the genocide.


  • Local courts known as gacaca are empowered to try those who participated in the killings and can hand down sentences ranging from community service to life in prison. | Top Stories

  • Theoneste Niyitegeka, who had wanted to run for president in 2003, was found guilty and sentenced Tuesday by a traditional "gacaca" court on appeal, according to rights groups such as the Rwandan League for the Promotion and Defence of Human Hights (Liprodhor).

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Jeanette Kagame, attended a "gacaca" court session hearing the case of a suspect, who was accused of killing two people at the height of the genocide that claimed minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • These are reflected in the "gacaca" (open-air) courts set up in Rwanda to cope with those suspected of organizing and carrying out the 1994 massacres.



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  • Wow. I'm not sure I'd be able to pull that off if I were a victim's relative.

    July 24, 2009

  • "Kagame didn't rely on outsiders to build his crucial success, which was political reconciliation. He started out by following the standard model in which perpetrators of violence were prosecuted and then jailed. 'But soon we had 130,000 in jail—and many more suspects outside,' Kagame said. 'The genocide in our country involved a huge percentage of our population, both in terms of those who were killed and those who killed.' So Kagame arrived at the idea of using an indigenous system—gacaca courts, essentially local village councils where people confess and are punished but are mostly forgiven and reintegrated into the communities from which they came.... this has led to a unique situation among postgenocide countries.... in Rwanda, killers and the relatives of their victims live side by side, in every village in the country, and together are rebuilding their future."

    —Fareed Zakaria, "Africa's New Path: Paul Kagame Charts a Way Forward," Newsweek, July 27, 2008

    July 24, 2009