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1998: The First Conviction for Genocide Is Won

1998: The First Conviction for Genocide Is Won

The skulls of hundreds of victims rest at Ntarama memorial, one of dozens of churches where Tutsis gathered to seek protection during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

On September 2, 1998, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda issued the first conviction for genocide after a trial, declaring Jean-Paul Akayesu guilty for acts he engaged in and oversaw as mayor of the Rwandan town of Taba during the genocide in 1994.

Photo:  US Holocaust Memorial Museum.