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National Unity and Reconciliation Commission

Creator Rwanda. National Unity and Reconciliation Commission
Organization Type Other organization types
Organization Based In Rwanda
Geographic Focus Rwanda
Subjects Conflict management; Truth commissions; Reconciliation; Human rights (General); Genocide
Summary "The National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) is a national institution, provided for by the National Constitution adopted by Rwandans in June 2003. The idea of establishing a commission for national unity and reconciliation was first thought of by the Arusha Peace Accord signed in 1993. The main objective for such a commission was to assist the government of national unity then anticipated, to foster unity and reconciliation among the people of Rwanda who had experienced long periods of bad governance characterized by divisions, discriminations, human rights abuse and acts of violence. After the tragic Genocide of 1994, the establishment of the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission was made even more necessary. In March 1999, by the law No 03/99 of 12/03/99, the Government of National Unity established the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission with the responsibility of using all available means to mobilize and sensitize Rwandans for this noble task."
Languages English