Archive for September, 2010

By: Jean-Damascène BIZIMANA (PhD), International Law


From November 2006, Rwanda has openly been a victim of acts of judicial sabotage launched by two investigating magistrates, namely Jean-Louis Bruguière of France and Fernando Andreu Merelles of Spain. Each one of them issued an arrest warrant of Rwanda’s civilian, political and military higher authorities, accusing them of involvement in serious crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and terrorism, committed both in Rwanda and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (hereinafter called DRC). (more…)

The interview below, hits the nail on the head on the true reasons for France’s continued hostility   towards Rwanda and its leaders–the French language. This is part of the interview which Tom Ndahiro had with Gerard Prunier a French expert on his country’s involvement in Rwanda. It was first published in April 1995 by “The New Thinking” Issue No. 2 on pages 9&10 (more…)

The New Times 24/09/2010

THE Prosecutor-General Martin Ngoga has spoken out on the recent ruling by French Court that released genocide suspect Eugene Rwamucyo. In an exclusive interview conducted by Fred Oluoch-Ojiwah, the prosecutor general termed the ruling as a temporary setback against Rwanda’s drive towards according justice to those aggrieved by the perpetrators of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. (more…)

By Dr. Jean-Paul KIMONYO

Juge Bruguière ordinance to the Paris public prosecutor’s office for the purpose of issuing international warrants for arrest of nine Rwandese army leaders for their alleged involvement in the attack against President Habyarimana’s plane is based on three types of evidences: 1) contextual elements; 2) a testimonial evidence; and 3) the recalling of a tangible evidence, i.e. two missile launcher tubes. (more…)

Dr. Jean Damascène Bizimana

On 17 November 2006, French investigating judge, Jean-Louis Bruguière, who is also first vice-president of the Paris Regional court, filed an order and notification to proceed to the Public Prosecutor in his jurisdiction to issue international arrest warrants against nine Rwandan nationals. On 20 November, the Office of the Prosecutor gave the green light to Judge Bruguière, and come 23 November, in the evening, the arrest warrants were officially endorsed. (more…)

By RNA Reporters
Friday, 24 September 2010
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Kigali: A lawyer for Rwandan officials indicted by French judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere for assassinating ex-President Juvenal Habyarimana is of the view that the death of Joshua Abdul Ruzibiza may not be due to natural causes. (more…)

By: Tom Ndahiro
In June 1994, towards the last weeks of the genocide, Cardinal Roger ETCHEGARAY was sent by Pope John Paul II to Rwanda. During his visit, the Holy See envoy met with several clerics, priests and nuns.
At the Junior Seminary of Butare, Etchegaray met with priests and had discussions with them. During this meeting, Bishop Misago told him that the reason why Tutsi priests were killed was that the population had lost trust in them.
Eyewitnesses told me he then proposed to Cardinal Etchegaray to find another place for Tutsi priests outside Rwanda. Etchegaray never felt outraged by such words! Bishop Misago has confirmed to me that he said this, but claimed it was for their safety! (more…)

by Israel W. Charny


Denials of known genocides are not only the work of bigots, such as antisemites and neo-nazis who deny the Holocaust or Turkish ideologues who deny the history of the Armenian Genocide, but are voiced by many people in all walks of life, and even by bona fide respectable academicians. It is important to understand the motivations and thinking and mind formulations through which such denials are constructed and promoted. The present paper focuses on a concept of ‘innocent denial’ where the denier really may not be consciously entirely aware of the facts and not necessarily aware of their personal interests in choosing to join with deniers of a known genocide. (more…)

By Alex Alvarez

Good morning. First of all, let me say how honored I am to be here in such distinguished company. I wish to thank the science department of the Österreichischer Rundfunk; the federal ministry of science, education, and culture; the town of Vienna; and the Hans Jonas-gesellschaft for organizing and sponsoring this important conference. My special thanks also to Dr. Erich Loewy, Dr. Martin Bernhofer, and Renate Pfaller for their logistical support.

I would like to spend a few minutes talking with you about the role that social elites play in legitimating genocide. It is by now well recognized that genocide requires the active participation of many members of a society and the passive acquiescence of many more. (more…)

By Edwin Musoni of The New Times Friday 17th of September, 2010

KIGALI – Prosecutor General, Martin Ngoga, has said Wednesday’s decision by a French court to release Eugene Rwamucyo, suspected of involvement in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, is clearly disrespectful to Rwanda. He said that the refusal to extradite Rwamucyo is not based on lack of evidence, but lack of trust in the Rwandan justice system to handle a Genocide case. “This is purely another case of how European jurisdictions continue to disrespect the justice systems of Rwanda. I would say it is their general attitude towards African jurisdictions,” he said. (more…)