No Justice for Rwandan Rape Survivors
Tuesday, October 5, 2004 9:45 AM

Human Rights Watch recently released the report: Struggling to Survive: Barriers to Justice for Rape Victims in Rwanda. The report documents that tens of thousands of Rwandan women raped during and after the genocide have yet to find justice, as the country has successfully prosecuted only a few perpetrators of sexual violence and women and girls have not received compensation or other assistance for the trauma they experienced in 1994. The report makes a number of recommendations to the Rwandan government. It recommends that the government enact legislation to allow monetary compensation for victims, improve training for doctors and other medical personnel to facilitate the collection of medico-legal evidence of rape and educate prosecutors and judges on how to adjudicate sexual violence cases.

Compiled from:  "Rwanda:  Rape Survivors Find No Justice," Human Rights Watch, News, Women, 30 September 2004.