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Carina Tertsakian is a human rights researcher and campaigner based in London.  

Since 1987, she has worked for several international non-governmental organisations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Global Witness.  From 1995 to 2000, she was Amnesty International’s researcher on Rwanda.  During this period, she visited the country regularly and wrote and published reports on the human rights situation there, as well as on the situation of Rwandan refugees in neighbouring countries.  From 2001 to 2005, she worked in the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, where she researched and reported on human rights developments in Nigeria, Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.  From 2005 to 2009, she led Global Witness’s campaign on the links between the exploitation of natural resources and armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2010, she returned to Human Rights Watch as Senior Researcher on Rwanda.

In 1999, she translated, updated and wrote a postscript for André Sibomana’s book Gardons espoir pour le Rwanda (Hope for Rwanda), published in the UK by Pluto Press.

Le Château: the lives of prisoners in Rwanda was researched and produced independently, without external funding or support.

Cyangugu Central Prison, Rwanda 2004 © Carina Tertsakian
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