Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Part One of The Current
It's Wednesday, April 18th.
The city of Toronto has recorded its first case of rabies in a human in more than 80 years.
Currently, health experts initially thought it was a case of "playoff fever." But then they remembered they were in Toronto.
This is The Current.
Unwanted Acquitted Rwandans - Sr. Legal Advisor for ICT for Rwanda
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has heard some terrifying stories as it weighs the evidence against people accused of genocide or human rights violations during the 1994 catastrophe.
As many as 800,000 Rwandans were massacred. The tribunal is in the final stages of its work and has sent dozens of people to prison. But at least ten have been acquitted of any crime. Some of these people now reside at a safe house in Arusha, Tanzania, where the tribunal is located. And they may be staying there for a while.
Because even though they've been acquitted of any crime, they don't want to go back to Rwanda and most countries -- including Canada -- will not open their doors... And Canada is where two of the men want to live.
Roland Ammoussouga is the senior legal council for the Tribunal. We reached him in Arusha, Tanzania.
Unwanted Acquitted Rwandans - Lawyer representing 2 Rwandans
We started this segment with a clip from Jeannine Hakizimana. She's looking at a portrait of her husband, Jerome Bicamumpaka. It hangs in the living room of her apartment in St-Leonard, a borough of Montreal. That's were she lives with her children, Astrid and Cedric. But the man in that portrait is thousands of kilometres away in that safe house in Arusha, Tanzania.
Astrid Bicamumpaka Shema grew up without her father. She recalls the day, last September, when she learned he'd been acquitted of genocide. We aired a clip.
Philippe Larochelle is a Montreal lawyer representing Jerome Bicamumpaka as well as another man stuck in that Tanzanian safe house. Both men want to come to Canada. Philippe Larochelle was in our Montreal studio.
Unwanted Acquitted Rwandans
So, Ottawa wants to close the door to these particular Rwandans. And it's not alone. Some members of Canada's Rwandan community feel very strongly the men should be prevented from entering this country.
John Rukumbura is the chair of the board of the Rwandese Canadian Association of Greater Toronto. He joined us in our studio.
This segment was produced by The Current's Ellen Saenger.
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