Posts Tagged ‘Human rights’

By Joseph Rwagatare

Another book on Rwanda by non-Rwandans is now on sale in bookshops and on the internet. Remaking Rwanda: State Building and Human Rights after Mass Violence, edited by Lars Waldorf and Scott Strauss, was officially launched yesterday. (more…)

By Amii Omara-Otunnu 02-01-10

On April 7, politically conscious human rights advocates all over the world will join the people of Rwanda to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the most intense genocide in known human history. (more…)

JURIST Guest Columnist Charles Jalloh of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law responds to Peter Erlinder’s article Rwanda: Flawed Elections and the Politics of ‘Genocide Denial’, saying that certain of Erlinder’s criticisms of the ICTR are political or unfounded… (more…)

By Susan Allen, M.D., M.P.H.

Over the last 20 years, HIV emerged as the #1 cause of death in African adults, and the Rwanda genocide became the most concentrated mass murder in recorded history. Though one catastrophe surfaced slowly and inexorably while the other smoldered for years before exploding in 1994, the lessons learned are similar. (more…)

By Michael Montgomery and Stephen Smith
Much of what the world remembers about the Rwandan genocide are grim tales of betrayal, of neighbors killing neighbors and the slaughter of innocents. But there are other stories of people who resisted the urge to kill and who risked their lives to save the lives of others. (more…)

By Gordon Rumson– Other Voices, v.2, n.1 (February 2000)

A portion of the essence of a people is its landscape. This is usually considered from political/map-making and visual aspects as being the portion of the land that is perceptible to the eye.1 But an understanding of the culture of any people requires a larger grasping of the potential field of experience. (more…)

“Thousands of church people were among the victims of the genocide, and there were also many who risked their own lives to save terrified refugees. But the list of the bishops, priests and nuns who have been implicated in the killings is also long, and only a handful of them have been arrested or brought to justice. Within the Catholic Church itself there are many individuals who are critical of the Church’s response to accusations against the clergy, but their voices have been silenced or ignored. It is not too late for the Church to demonstrate its willingness to support the process of justice in Rwanda.”

Read more in this African Rights Report: Sovu Nuns and Obstruction of Justice

Human Rights Watch,  July 1996                    Vol. 8, No. 2 (A)


The region of North Kivu in eastern Zaire has been the site of recurrent interethnic violence since 1992, often carried out with the complicity of Zairian regional and national leaders and the Zairian security forces. The explosion of violence in 1993 pitted the mostly Zairian Tutsis and Hutus against other Zairian ethnic groups in the region, but the situation was exacerbated by the arrival in Goma of some 720,000 largely Hutu refugees from Rwanda after the genocide in July 1994.1 (more…)

Victoire Ingabire is the President of RASSEMBLEMENT REPUBLICAIN POUR LA DEMOCRATIE AU RWANDA (RDR)  initially  was called the Return and Democracy in Rwanda. In March 1996 the RDR Cameroun branch made up of ideologues and planners of genocide, accused the United Nations Special Rapporteur of not being conversant with the social, political and historic realities of Rwanda, and of compiling his report on the basis of information furnished by persons who were implicated in the conflict. Otherwise, so they say, “he would have noted that those massacres had always stemmed from extremism, arrogance and murderous provocation by certain members of the Tutsi population”. For more click here: RDR Cameroun .

By Tom Ndahiro

The moment the mass murder of 1994 ended, the killers, switched tactics to killing the truth of what they had done and plotting their return to power.  It is important to keep this in mind when assessing critiques of democracy and governance in Rwanda today.

Genuine critics are important to the proper running of the country but there are others who utilise critique as a strategy to bring the genocidal program of Hutu Power back to legitimacy.  They assume the dress of democrats, hiding their blades and their murderous intentions.  Theirs is a strategy that was fashioned soon after the genocide. (more…)