September 2009 marked the end of an era for Rwanda and also for PRI. After years of recording and supporting a greater understanding of the Gacaca jurisdictions, PRI’s monitoring and research programme came to a close as the Government of Rwanda wound up this system of community-based courts for prosecuting genocide suspects. The work was carried out with support from the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the UK Department for International Development and in collaboration with the National Service of Gacaca Jurisdictions.
Over eight years, local PRI monitors travelled across the country in search of facts, people and testimonies. This information, accompanied by analysis, formed a series of Gacaca reports which have been published by PRI since 2002.
This final report looks back at the work carried out and also casts a wider look at the role played by Gacaca in resolving the genocide caseload, on its limitations and on the expectations of Rwandan society of the post-Gacaca phase.
Later in 2010 PRI will publish a report summarizing its work on Gacaca entitled ‘The impact of Gacaca on justice and reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda’.
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