Jean  Mbuyu

Jean Mbuyu

Jean Mbuyu is a lawyer and founder of the Center For Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. In 1997, he received the prestigious MacArthur Award for his work in international human rights. He assisted the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda which was established to prosecute persons responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of Rwanda and neighboring territories between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 1994. The genocide claimed approximately 800,000 lives. He worked as a human rights activist in opposition to the Mobutu Sese Seko totalitarian regime, and his arrest for launching an inquiry into the massacre of civilians became a rallying point by the people against Mobutu. Mr. Mbuyu holds a BA degree in Latin and Philosophy, a Masters degree in International Human Rights Law, a Juris Doctorate Degree and a PhdD in Law.