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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

UN Rwanda Tribunal

UNITED NATIONS () -- Brushing aside objections by Rwanda, the Security Council has decided to establish an international tribunal to try people accused of genocide and other massive human rights violations in that African country.

Tuesday's vote in the 15-member council was 13 in favor, with Rwanda casting the only negative vote and China abstaining. Rwandan UN envoy Manzi Bakuramutsa listed a series of objections to the way the tribunal would function including its inability to impose the death sentence, unlike Rwandan courts.

Between 500,000 and 1 million people, mainly members of the Tutsi minority and Hutu opponents of the former Hutu-led government, are estimated to have been massacred in Rwanda over the past six months.