Today the United Nations (UN) International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) sentenced all six defendants in the Butare Trial for crimes related to genocide. Three of the six are sentenced to life imprisonment, including Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the former Rwandan Minister of Family Affairs and Women's Development. Nyiramasuhuko is the first woman to be convicted by the ICTR of genocide, and crimes against humanity, which include rape, among other charges.
Nyiramasuhuko's son, Arsène Shalom Ntahobali, and the other four defendants have similarly been convicted on account of their actions in the massacre of Tutsi and moderate Hutus in the Butare district of Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. All six defendants are from the Butare district in southern Rwanda. There they conspired to commit genocide, and participated in acts of genocide. Pauline Nyiramasuhuko is a prominent figure in this trial, as the first woman and female government official to be indicted by the ICTR. Nyiramasuhuko is recognized as a "tyrant" and "key player" in perpetuating the massacres and rapes of Butare district Tutsis.