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The Failure of Rwanda Post-Genocide Reconciliation

Published on 13.11.2018 at 03:16

In 1994, Rwanda was the site of one the most atrocious genocides in contemporary human history. In the span of 100 days, about a million people were killed majority of whom were Tutsi, resulting in a broken and devastated country. The RPF led by Paul Kagame put an end to genocide; today, Rwanda has made remarkable progress.

 

Well, it is the only accepted narrative of the Hutu vs. Tutsi conflict; questioning it means genocide denial. Hence, unless it is a unique conflict, it is thus humanely not realistic to suggest that only Hutu committed crimes and violence against Tutsi. Indeed, no side to the conflict is exclusively for victims or perpetrators.

 

Both sides to the armed conflict committed war crimes and crimes against humanity before and during the 1994 Genocide. The RPF however, continues to do so, overtly and covertly sheltered by the international community, instead of establishing inclusive dialogue, adequate sharing of power and leaving tyranny behind.

 

This demands changes in attitudes “tolerance instead of revenge” and in conduct “joint commemoration of all the victims instead of a separate and partisan memorial.” It further demands that justice is done; crimes of the past are acknowledged and punished, but not only Hutu. Kagame's RPF must be prosecuted for genocide crimes.

 

The Rwandan reconciliation is an exclusive process where Hutu who  lost their loved ones are denied their rights to remember.

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