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November 2017

Press release

International Symposium
International Crimes, Domestic Justice Accountability and Capacity Building in East Africa
Kigali, 21 November 2017

Kigali, Rwanda, will be the venue for the next instalment of the East African international justice conference
aimed at exploring the current state of international criminal justice, its links with transnational organised
crime, and national and regional efforts to deal with these crimes.

Organised by the Wayamo Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice of Rwanda, with the
financial support of the German Federal Foreign Office, the event will take place at the Marriott Hotel from
20 to 22 November. It will commence with a High-level Network Meeting of Directors of Public Prosecution
and Heads of Criminal Investigation Departments from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda on Monday
20 November, aimed at strengthening the rule of law by ensuring effective investigation and prosecution of
complex crimes and intensifying inter-agency collaboration at the regional level.

This will be followed by an international public symposium on 21 November entitled International Crimes,
Domestic Justice Accountability and Capacity Building in East Africa, co-hosted by Prosecutor General
Jean-Bosco Mutangana, and Commissioner General Emmanuel Gasana, Inspector General of the Rwanda
National Police. The symposium, which brings together international and local experts on international
criminal justice and transnational organised crime, non-governmental organisations, academics,
practitioners and members of civil society, will be formally opened by the Honourable Minister of Justice of
Rwanda, Busingye Johnston, Jean-Bosco Mutangana, Prosecutor General, Rwanda, Emmanuel Gasana,
Inspector General of Police, Rwanda, His Excellency Dr. Peter Woeste, German Ambassador to the
Republic of Rwanda, and Bettina Ambach, Director of the Wayamo Foundation.

The critical topics to be discussed during the symposium will include: the impact of international, regional
and domestic justice systems; achieving justice through International Crime Divisions; universal jurisdiction;
witness protection; cybercrime; linkages between transnational organised crime and core international
crimes; and judicial networks.

Guest speakers and panellists will include:
Abdul Chukkol, Head of Cybercrimes Section, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abuja,
Nigeria
Adeniran Akingbolahan, Rule of Law Advisor to the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Busingye Johnston, Minister of Justice, Rwanda
Charles Adeogun-Phillips, Litigation Practitioner and Former Lead International Prosecutor, Lagos,
Nigeria
Emmanuel Gasana, Inspector General of Police, Rwanda
Gerard Niyungeko, Judge and former President of the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights
Gerhard van Rooyen, Senior Manager, Victims and Witnesses Section, Division of External Operations,
Registry, International Criminal Court, The Netherlands
Jean Bosco Mutangana, Prosecutor General, Rwanda
Mike Chibita, Director of Public Prosecutions, Uganda

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Mohamed Chande Othman, former Chief Justice of Tanzania and member of the Africa Group for
Justice and Accountability, Tanzania
Peter Woeste, German Ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda
Sarah Kihika Kasande, Head of Office, International Centre for Transitional Justice, Uganda
Stella Ndirangu, Head of the International Justice Programme, International Commission of Jurists,
Kenya
Tiyanjana Maluwa, H. Laddie Montague Chair in Law, Pennsylvania State University School of Law and
AGJA member, United States
Tora Holst, Former Chief Public Prosecutor of the Swedish Specialised International Crimes Unit,
Member of the European Network for investigation and prosecution of genocide, crimes against
humanity and war crimes, Sweden
Viktor Mule, Prosecutor - Head of International Cooperation, Extradition, and Mutual Legal Assistance
Division and acting Head of International Organized Crimes Division, Kenya
William Rosato, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court

Following the public symposium, a training session for prosecutors and investigators from Kenya, Rwanda,
Tanzania and Uganda will be held. This special session is aimed at building competencies in the
investigation and prosecution of international and transnational crimes domestically.

Recognising the benefits of a well-informed population and the critical role of a well-trained media in
contributing to public accountability, sustained pressure for equality and access to justice, the organisers
have also incorporated into the three day long activities a special media engagement. This engagement will
bring together journalists from several East African countries and is designed to further develop their
reporting skills and give them an opportunity to interview some of the guest speakers during the
symposium, whilst building their knowledge of critical justice-related issues affecting the region.


Background
The Wayamo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation established to strengthen the rule of
law, promote international criminal justice and foster transparency through informed journalism. Its main
objective is to build the capacity of national judicial systems to enable them to address core international
crimes, transnational organised crime and build transitional justice mechanisms.

In November 2015, the Wayamo Foundation launched the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability, an
independent group of senior African experts on international criminal law and human rights, whose main
goal is to strengthen justice and accountability measures in Africa through domestic and regional capacity
building, advice and outreach, and enhancing co-operation between Africa and the International Criminal
Court. The Wayamo Foundation is the co-ordinator of the Africa Group and acts as the groups contact
point and secretariat.


Contacts
Joseph Roberts-Mensah, Africa Director, Wayamo Foundation, joseph.roberts@wayamo.com
Elise Carreau, Project Manager, Wayamo Foundation, elise.carreau@wayamo.com
Judie Kaberia, East Africa Co-Ordinator, judy.kaberia@gmail.com
Maanda T. Makwarela, Local Coordinator, maamak@gmail.com, Tel. +250 78 745 1508
Wayamo Foundation, Rietzestr.21, 10409 Berlin (Germany) - Tel. +49 30 92145545

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