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Countdown to Justice

By Pinar Cil Reflections on the role of the ICTY, now nearing the end of its mandate “The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Can one compare Bosnia and Lebanon?

By Emily Walter ‘One morning we were drinking coffee and eating baklava with our neighbours. That same afternoon we were fleeing our homes, frantically gathering any valuable possessions and running … Continue reading

August 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sarajevo: A Paradox Embodied

By Pembroke King While in Sarajevo, I was speaking with a fellow GYC delegate about the analogy of a city to a human body. Metropolitan areas are often seen as … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

In separateness, a quiet anger grows

By Yumna Mohamed I come from an angry country. Like many of my fellow South Africans, this anger surprised me when it started to surface in the past five years … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

The State of Human Rights in Sweden

By Jonatan Grinde (GYC Intern, Spring 2015) When I found out more about GYC’s Human Rights in the USA program, which focuses on transitional justice and human rights issues in … Continue reading

April 13, 2015

Anger in the Camp

By Alain Twagirayezu “The International Community has rejected us. I don’t even know where I can ask my questions any more.” – A refugee in KIZIBA refugee camp youth during … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Turikumwe!

By Nan Zhang (China) Rwanda, a country that I had never thought I would have an opportunity to go to, has become a turning point of my life. It was … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Miigwech Murakoze

By Jon Telch (GYC Rwanda 2013) I am a Canadian lobbyist. And every day I go to work, I think of Rwanda. A broad stroke paints lobbyists as former political … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Peak of the Mountain

By Jean Baptiste HARAGIRIYAREMYE It was on 16th June, 1976 when Soweto high school students took to the streets in a peaceful protest against the use of Afrikaans (a language … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

My Returns Home

By Tara Pipes (GYC Rwanda Alumna, Summer 2013) When I first flew into Kigali in July, stepping out of the airport into the open evening summer air, I knew immediately … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bosnia is Rwanda. Rwanda is Bosnia.

By Maja Pecanac (Bosnian delegate to Rwanda) Everything I saw and experienced in Rwanda was garbled in my head. Genocide. Poverty. Reconciliation. Post-war development of the country. Progress. At one … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

#26. Boy

By Tara Pipes (USA) No name. No way of ever knowing who this Boy was. Number 26 on the genocide plaque at the Nayanza memorial on a ridge on the … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Youth Learn! Youth Teach! Youth Perform!

After performing Cambodian Classical Dance in support of Transgender Rights in our Human Rights in the USA Program last summer, Kanal Khiev gave a workshop on how to use the … Continue reading

April 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Words to GYC from UN High Commissioner

GYC had the chance to attend the NGO (civil society) meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on October 24, 2012, and to ask a question … Continue reading

October 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

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