Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation in Rwanda
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This page provides links to selected organizations and services involved in conflict transformation and reconciliation work in or for Rwanda. Also see the bibliography we are creating. In keeping with a broad definition of "peacebuilding," the following list includes both government and civil society organizations and individuals working on conflict resolution, reconciliation, violence prevention, human rights, legal development and governance. Readers are invited to contribute information that will enhance the purposes and completeness of Rwanda Peacebuilding Links. Peacemakers Trust has created the links on this page for research purposes only, and cannot take any responsibility for the content of any third party web sites. Inclusion of a link to a site does not imply endorsement of the site contents, nor does it imply any associatio n with the site by Peacemakers Trust.
Bibliographies on Rwanda
Conflict Transformation, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation (see also Transitional Justice)
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Rwanda and Regional
African Enterprise, works on reconciliation in Rwanda.
African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM), an African-based organization with a mission "to empower the African church to impact the African continent by developing and equipping leaders with skills and tools to nurture and deepen the Christian faith for the transformation and reconciliation of the African communities."
Africa Reconciliation Committee, a Japanese-based collaboration of NGOs founded in 1994 to work towards national reconciliation through the initiative of Rwandan citizens.
Amahoro Africa is a network of emerging leaders "where African voices, African leaders, African methods and solutions come together to address African issues together with non-African friends."
A Peace of Life is a media initiative for youth working for peace in the Great Lakes region of Africa, including Rwanda.
AVEGA-AGAHOZO, is a non-profit organisation created in 1995 by widows who are genocide survivors. The organization addresses needs of survivors including widows, orphans, child heads of households, those who have lost children, the elderly and those with disabilities. Its objectives include protecting rights and seeking justice for survivors as well as national reconcilaition and reconstruction of the country.
Catholic Relief Services in Rwanda work on local peace inititiaves including work with the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace.
Christian Action for Reconciliation and Social Assistance (CARSA), created in order to contribute to the reconciliation and the holistic development of the Rwandan people.
Episcopal Church of Rwanda, indicates it has been involved in reconciliation work in Rwanda.
Evangelical Prison Ministry Rwanda works on restorative justice in prisons including those awaiting gacaca hearings. It is affiliated with the International Network of Prison Ministries.
Friends Peace House operates several projects in Rwanda and trains community mediators.
Justice Africa, founded in 1999 in London, works with a network of organizations based in different countries in Africa, initiating and supporting civil society activities for human rights, democracy, and peace in Africa. See their project on The Citizen's Forum in Rwanda
Le Rucher Ministries has a project in Rwanda to conduct reconciliation workshops.
MOUCECORE, the Mouvement Chretien Pour l' Evangelisation, le Counseling et la Reconciliation, has a Peace Building and Training Centre (PBTC) in Kigali. Registered in 1994, it is involved in peacebuilding, reconciliation, sustainable community development and HIV/AIDS care and prevention.
National Unity and Reconciliation Commission is an initiative of the government of Rwanda with programmes on Peace Building and Conflict Management (PBCM) and Civic Education. The NURC has a number of publications. It uses "tools" of ingando a traditional process for community reflection and solution-finding used by the NURC to build coexistence within communities. as well as the development of community based associations and reconciliation clubs. It also holds an annual national summit chaired by the President and attended by local and international dignitaries.
National University of Rwanda Centre for Conflict Management, in Butare, Rwanda, was created in 1999 for research and development of "native knowledge on the deep causes of conflicts and potential strategies for the development of sustainable peace" in Rwanda.
Peace Building Healing and Reconciliation Program (PHARP), Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda, an international Christian NGO registered in Kenya and Rwanda. The organization was formed in 1994 as Peace and Reconciliation Ministries (PRM). PHARP received registration in Rwanda in 2004.
Prison Fellowship International (Rwanda) works with genocide prisoners to prepare them for gacaca hearings including working with prisoners who wish to make confessions.
Profemme Twese Hamwe, Collectif des Associations Rwandaises de Promotion de la Femme, de la Paix et du Développement.
REACH Organisation, Rwanda. Reconciliation Evangelism And Christian Healing (REACH) works "to serve the people of the Great Lakes Region of Africa in supporting their journey towards healing, reconciliation and sustainable development."
Shalom, Educating for Peace. Based in Rwanda, Shalom works on violence prevention, nonviolent conflict resolution and reconciliation through through peace education, research and non-violent action.
World Vision Rwanda has been extensively involved in reconciliation workshops and programs with various partners in Rwanda.
International Crisis Group: Rwanda. ICG is an independent, non-profit, multinational organisation doing field-based analysis and advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.
Just.Equipping is a Canadian organization for education and training of prison chaplains and workers in the area of Restorative Justice. Justequipping has conducted training for prison chaplains in Rwanda through Evangelical Prison Ministry Rwanda (above).
Mennonite Central Committee. MCC supports the Friends Peace House (see separate entry). MCC also supports a school for street children as well as several Rwandan churches involved in teaching peace and reconciliation. (Use MCC search engine to locate information on Rwanda.)
Healing and Forgiveness in Rwanda, a project developed by the Trauma Research Education and Training Institute and UMass- Amherst.
African Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights is officially responsible for protection and promotion of human and peoples' rights, and interpretation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.
Aegis Trust was founded in 2000 and campaigns to prevent genocide worldwide. It has an office in Kigali, Rwanda, and was responsible for establishing the Kigali Memorial Centre in cooperation with the Kigali City Council.
Africa Action. This Washington DC-based organization has worked on African issues since 1953. There are many reports and others resources online.
African Rights, based in London, UK.
Forest Peoples Programme works in Rwanda using rights-based approaches torward improved social, economic and environmental conditions for indigenous and tribal forest peoples including the Batwa people in Rwanda.
Haguruka, works to defend rights of women and children.
Human Rights Watch (HRW). This page hosted by Human Rights Watch contains HRW reports about Rwanda.
IBUKA. Created in 1995, is an umbrella organisation of survivor organisations in Rwanda addressing issues of justice, memory, social and economic problems of genocide survivors. IBUKA represents survivors at national and international levels. See an entry on the website of Never Again International.
Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, founded in 1997, aims to advance respect for human rights in Africa. It trains human rights workers in investigation, preparation and presentation of cases of human rights violations before the African human rights treaty bodies, services at pro bono counsel for individuals and NGOs litigating cases before the African human rights treaty bodies, and conducting research on emerging human rights law and development in Africa.
Interafrican Union of Human Rights, works on promotion and protection of human rights in Africa, and has approximately forty member organizations working in francophone, anglophone, arabophone and lusophone (Portuguese speaking) countries in Africa.
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. The UN Security Council created the ICTR in 1994 to contribute to national reconciliation in Rwanda and to the maintenance of peace in the region by prosecuting persons responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of Rwanda between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 1994.
International Justice Mission established an office in Rwanda in 2007 which has a staff of Rwandese lawyers and expatriate staff to conduct casework on illegal property seizure and sexual violence.
Medecins Sans Frontières. There are several reports, articles and news releases concerning Rwanda. MSF ceased its operations in Rwanda in 2007, turning over its activities to the Ministry of Health and partner organization.
Rwanda Women's Network works on health care and support, human rights and legal education, socio-economic empowerment and institutional capacity building, women's participation in society, and towards ending sexual and gender-based violence.
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Documents on Rwanda. See the documents of the Special Representative of the Commission on Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Rwanda to 2001. A Human Rights Advisor was appointed in 2007.
UNICEF. UNICEF's page on Rwanda.
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The ICRC opened a delegation in Rwanda in 1990, prior to which it covered the country from the regional delegation in Kinshasa. The ICRC focuses its activities in Rwanda on the thousands of detainees held in prisons and communal lock-ups and unaccompanied children separated from their families either in 1994 or during the mass repatriations in 1996-1997. The ICRC also works with authorities to incorporate IHL into domestic legislation and school and university curricula. It also supports development of the Rwandan Red Cross. ICRC promotes respect for humanitarian law by parties to conflict. See the International Committee of the Red Cross page on International humanitarian law and terrorism: questions and answers Geneva: ICRC, 2001, which can be downloaded for distribution.
International Constitutional Law Project: Rwanda Index., by Axel Tschentscher, Institut für öffentliches Recht-Aktuell, Bern.
International Labour Organization (ILO) information on Rwanda with links through to the text of the relevant documents.
Bayefsky.com Rwanda''s UN treaty signatures, ratifications, reservations, reports and other documents.
Ratification of International Human Rights Treaties - Rwanda, University of Minnesota Human Rights Library. This useful page includes links to the relevant UN and regional conventions.
Republic of Rwanda Official Website. Official information on
- the government structure including courts
- the Rwandan Parliament
- the Ministry of Justice: Bills and Laws
- National Human Rights Commission
- National Unity and Reconciliation Commission
Rwanda Development Partners Website aims to assist the Government of Rwanda and its Development Partners implement the Aid Coordination, Harmonization, and Alignment (ACHA) framework through exchange and dissemination of information. This site is intended to serve as a central depository of documents so as to improve coordination of development activities. See its library of documents.
Rwanda Development Gateway, a database of information about Rwanda.
Relief Web: Documents on Rwanda. Published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, ReliefWeb is an electronic clearinghouse for information on humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters designed specifically to help the humanitarian community improve its response to emergencies.
Sphere Project. Launched by a group of humanitarian agencies in 1997, this project aims to improve the quality of assistance to people affected by disasters. The Sphere Project has developed a Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response several core areas: water supply & sanitation, nutrition, food aid, shelter & site planning and health services. The Sphere Project has also developed an important voluntary Code of Conduct to guard relief agencies standards of behaviour to maintain the high standards of independence, effectiveness and impact.
Transparency International reports on countries in Africa. reports on
World Health Organization pages on Rwanda.
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). ICRC works towards ensuring respect for international humanitarian law (IHL), particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention which protects civilians during war.
United Nations System in Rwanda. This site is an information gateway with news, reports, country profile, and details about the UN system and operations in Rwanda.
African Press Agency. APA states it is Africa's first fully private news agency. Based in Dakar, Senegal, is it supplied with news from all over Africa by "a network of correspondents based in each African country and each large capital in Europe, Asia or the Americas." It has "Coordination Offices covering each large African Region and its most significant Diasporas and well as deported or migrant communities across the world." APA includes a specialized section of news on conflict and peace. French and English.
Afrol News, established in 2000, Afrol states it is an independent news agency, established in 2000. It covers only the continent of Africa in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
allAfrica.com. News on Rwanda from various sources.
Google news: Rwanda. Google search of news about Rwanda from sources around the world.
Reuters AlerNet. AlertNet's page on Rwanda.
Global Policy Forum links to reports on the ICTR.
Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. IRIN's services are editorially independent, and its reports do not necessarily reflect the views of the UN, its agencies or its member states.
Relief Web daily updates on Rwanda. Offered by OCHA, ReliefWeb is an electronic clearinghouse for information on humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters designed specifically to help the humanitarian community improve its response to emergencies.
International Committee of the Red Cross. Bulletins.
Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières). RSF has occasional news and reports from Rwanda.
UN News Centre. This is the UN News Centre's page on Africa (search for Rwanda).
UNWire. The UN Foundation's Independent News Briefing About the UN contains stories throughout the world.
- Kigali Memorial Centre, opened in 2004 as a permanent exhibition of the Rwandan genocide created by a joint partnership of the Kigali City Council and the UK-based Aegis Trust. It has a documentation Centre.
- National Museum, Butare
- Ethnological museum, Kabgayi
- Geological Museum of Rwanda, Kigali
- Geological museum, Ruhengeri
- African Studies Centre, University of Pennsylvania, Rwanda Page.
- Rwandan Stories. Rwandan Stories is "a collection of video, photography and journalism exploring the origins, details and aftermath of the Rwandan genocide through the eyes of both survivors and perpetrators." The site contains curriculum materials aimed at helping students "build an in-depth understanding of the human inclination towards prejudice, as individuals and as groups." Materials draw on historical, ethical and psycho-social learning emerging from the Rwandan genocide and recovery processes.
- Links to Online Bibliographies on Rwanda
Peacebuilding and Reconciliation in Rwanda: A Bibliography, a selected bibliography being prepared by Peacemakers Trust.
Institute for Security Studies, a searchable data base including articles and reports about Rwanda.
Bibliography of the Rwandan Genocide on Wikipedia (primarily French titles francais).
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Library , searchable catalogue.
Leiden Journal of International Law, search for published articles on the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.
Thompson, Allan, ed. "Bibliography." (pdf) In The Media and the Rwanda Genocide, edited by Allan Thompson. Ottawa: Pluto Press, Fountain Publishers and IDRC, 2007. (download .pdf and scroll down to page 447)).