10.22.2005

crime, worse

A few days ago, a Rwandan-born man living in Toronto became the first person to be arrested under Canada's Crimes Against Humanities Law. Under this law, passed in 2000, if there is enough evidence that someone has committed war crimes or crimes against humanity, the RCMP can arrest him, no matter where those crimes are alleged to have been committed, and no matter how long ago.

This is a big step in the history of justice. With this law, Canada sets an example to the world.

Desire Munyaneza, the Toronto man who was arrested, is accused of helping to orchestrate the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

For me, one of the most striking parts of this story was seeing a man who helped identify Munyaneza, which led to the five-year investigation, which in turn led to his arrest. Jean-Paul Nyilinkwaya is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide; he lost about 70 family members. In 2000, living in Toronto (he now lives in Montreal), Nyilinkwaya would see Munyaneza going about his business - taking the subway, going to his job, living his life. Can we even imagine how that must feel? It's a wonder Nyilinkwaya didn't murder Munyaneza on the spot. But he didn't - and there was a system of justice in place to help him do the right thing.

All about the Rwandan genocide here.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello lgirl,
Just a note from a Canadian who has read your blog. Glad to hear that you like our little town of Orangeville. My family and I lived in Switzerland for two years,like Expat traveller,but we were very happy to move back to Canada. Though I must say it was very pretty there and I do miss Ms.Mac and her family, home will always be here.I enjoy reading your thoughts on Canada and makes me even more proud of it when seen through the eyes of someone else who is new to here. Sometimes the world seems so small, when you see all the connections out there. Welcome to our little peace(sic) of the world!
Kathy

L-girl said...

Hi Kathy, thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the welcome!