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Rwanda Alien Tort Act Precedent

United States District Court, S.D. New York.
Louise MUSHIKIWABO, et al., Plaintiffs,


Jean Bosco BARAYAGWIZA, Defendant.
No. 94 CIV. 3627 (JSM).

April 9, 1996.


MARTIN, District Judge:

*1 Presently before the Court is a motion for a default judgment in which the plaintiffs have overwhelmingly established that the defendant has engaged in conduct so inhuman that it is difficult to conceive of any civil remedy which can begin to compensate the plaintiffs for their loss or adequately express society’s outrage at the defendant’s actions.

The evidence presented by the plaintiffs establishes that the defendant, Jean Bosco Barayagwiza, was one of the political leaders in Rwanda who played an instrumental role in the torture and massacre of thousands of Rwanda’s Tutsi minority, as well as moderate members of the Hutu…

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