Rwanda arrests American lawyer for denying genocide

Lennert Breuker 

Opinio Juris makes mention of the arrest of a U.S. law professor, Peter Erlinder, by the Rwandan authorities for “…’genocide denial’ — code for ‘criticizing the Kagame government.’ See here: Erlinder is (or was, anyone who knows may come forward) one of the leading defense attorneys at the ICTR, and is also representing Victoire Ingabire. Unfortunately, his arrest fits perfectly in the pattern of pure political (ab)use of the legal prohibition of genocidal denial as I already reported on below. Harassing a lawyer for conducting his work as a defense lawyer however, is a step further in the repressive policy of the Rwandan government. I hope professor Erlinder will be released in good health as soon as possible.

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