‘Rwanda genocide made in France’

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6 August 2008.

Often, mainstream media pundits cite atrocities like the 1994 Rwanda massacre as “proof” that Africans (or Iraqis, Yugoslavs, etc. etc.) are supposedly inherently cruel and uncivilized; and that there should be “humanitarian intervention” from rich Western countries.

Well, now it appears there was Western military intervention then … err… was it really “humanitarian”?

According to French news agency AFP:

France played an active role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide, a report unveiled Tuesday by the Rwandan government said, naming French political and military officials it says should be prosecuted.

The damning report accused a raft of top French politicians of involvement in the massacres, threatening to further mar relations between the two countries, which severed diplomatic ties in November 2006.

“French forces directly assassinated Tutsis and Hutus accused of hiding Tutsis… French forces committed several rapes on Tutsi survivors,” said a justice ministry statement released after the report was presented in Kigali.

The 500-page report alleged that France was aware of preparations for the genocide, contributed to planning the massacres and actively took part in the killing.

Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad, 6 August 2008, page 5, paper edition, writes:

French troops have even participated in “murdering and raping” Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

AFP continues:

It named former French prime minister Edouard Balladur, former foreign minister Alain Juppe and then-president Francois Mitterrand, who died in 1996, among 13 French politicians accused of playing a role in the massacres.

Dominique de Villepin, who was then Juppe’s top aide and later became prime minister, was also among those listed in the Rwandan report.

The report names 20 military officials as being responsible.

See also here. And here. And here.

Documents published by WikiLeaks reveal important details about the crimes committed by French imperialism in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Rwanda: here.

Two exiled Rwandan opposition parties say they will demonstrate against President Paul Kagame’s visit to France on 12-13 September: here.

Rwanda demands French admit complicity in 1994 genocide: here.

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  18. Crimes against humanity: Rwandan bishop ‘complicit in genocide’ can stay in UK

    THE Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that a former Rwandan bishop accused of complicity in the country’s 1994 genocide has leave to remain in Britain.

    Jonathan Ruhumuliza, 62, was said to have had “many meetings with the Interahamwe [Hutu militia] and members of the interim government” during the mass killing which left 800,000 Tutsis dead.

    He spoke at a press conference in Kenya in June 1994, blaming the opposition Rwandan Patriotic Front for the killings.

    Human Rights Watch said Mr Ruhumuliza “acted as [a] spokesmen for the genocidal government.”

    He moved to Britain in 2004 and was appointed as a priest in Worcestershire in 2005, but his application for asylum was rejected as there were “serious reasons for considering that he had committed … a crime against humanity.”

    He won on appeal, before the Home Office unsuccessfully appealed to the upper tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

    Lord Justices Underhill and Irwin dismissed the appeal and refused permission to go to the Supreme Court.

    But Lord Justice Singh, dissenting, said there was a “real danger that the First Tier Tribunal never fully appreciated the true gravity” of the allegations and said he would have sent the case back to the FTT.



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