Sunday, August 01, 2004

France's role in Rwanda 

I wrote a couple of posts mentioning France's role in the Rwandan genocide earlier, and out of the blue comes this:

Rwanda is to investigate France's alleged role in the mass killing of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 1994.

The Rwandan government said it was setting up an "independent commission charged with assembling the evidence of France's involvement in the genocide".
France held its own inquiry, which submitted its report in December 1998. (In French, and lengthy.) In a nutshell, the report concluded that France let things happen because nobody knew better.

A "citizens' inquiry" was a bit harsher. (Also in French.)
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