UN officer in charge of Rwandan genocide investigation to speak at ACU April 4-5


For Immediate Release
March 23, 2000

Gary Haugen, president of the International Justice Mission, will be on campus at Abilene Christian University April 4-5. He will conduct a free community presentation at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in Hart Auditorium of ACU's College of Biblical Studies building.

Haugen is most noted for his 1994 appointment to the United Nation's Center for Human Rights where he served as the Officer In Charge of the UN's genocide investigation in Rwanda.

During the fall of 1994, Haugen directed an international team of lawyers, criminal prosecutors, law enforcement officers and forensics experts in gathering evidence against the perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide. Haugen developed the investigative strategy, protocols and field methodology for developing eye-witness testimony and physical evidence from nearly a hundred mass grave and massacre sites across Rwanda.

Haugen personally directed and conducted field investigations at various sites.

With the horror of war fresh this week with revelations of torture, rape camps and other serious tragedies in Bosnia, Haugen's messages will be timely and important for Christians in the Abilene area to hear.

An estimated one million Rwandans - approximately one seventh of the population - were massacred in an unprecedented genocide. The entire governmental apparatus, including the army and local administration, was used to carry out the genocide and mobilize or compel active involvement by a large percent of the adult population.

Haugen has authored two books: Impunity: Human Rights Prosecutions in the Philippines and Good News About Injustice.

All portions of Haugen's ACU schedule are open to the media.

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