Israeli Court Denies Access to Records Concerning Rwanda

21 April 2016

The Supreme Court has ruled that records documenting Israel’s arms dealings with Rwanda during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi will remain undisclosed.

The ruling, reported by Juddah Ari Gross for the Times of Israel, says there were pressing security and foreign relations concerns that prevent releasing the documents, citing Section 9 of Israel’s FOI law.

Activist attorney Eitay Mack in 2014 asked the Defense Ministry for information on the defense exports to Rwanda. Mack called the decision “erroneous and immoral.”

The government’s case for nondisclosure was presented behind closed doors; however, it was based “only off of relevant considerations,” according to the court’s decision.

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