Désiré Munyaneza

Intervener Arguments Made in Munyaneza Appeal

On Monday, April 22nd, 2013, CLAIHR joined Canadian Centre for International Justice to present arguments as an intervener in the Muyaneza appeal. The arguments centered around whether the Crimes Against Humanity Act can be applied retrospectively to the 1994 Rwandan genocide since the Act was not made into law in Canada until 2000. CCIJ and CLAIHR submitted the argument that the intent of the Act was to make accountable those who perpetrated such crimes in the past, so long as international laws at the time would have considered their acts to be criminal.

Click here to read the full intervener factum. French and English summaries of the trial and appeal are available by clicking here.

By |April 25th, 2013|Our Work|

Prosecution of Désiré Munyaneza

Trial Update

Following his conviction, Mr. Munyaneza appealed both the conviction and his sentence.  CLAIHR, with the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ), has brought a motion to intervene on appeal.  The hearing of this motion is expected to be held in the Fall of 2011.

CLAIHR is represented pro bono by Mr. Fred Headon.

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Désiré Munyaneza, born in 1966, is a Rwandan man being prosecuted in Montreal for crimes committed during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. This case is notable as this is the first person to be arrested in Canada on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

By |January 15th, 2011|Our Work|

Désiré Munyaneza

On 29 October 2009, Désiré Munyaneza, a 42 year old Rwandan businessman, became the first person to be convicted under the Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act (the “Act”)which came into force in 2001. He has been sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for 25 years. He now seeks to appeal his conviction and sentence before the Quebec Court of Appeal.

By |February 15th, 2010|News Releases|