No evidence France was complicit in Rwanda genocide, but bears ‘overwhelming responsibility’

  • Written by Johnson Kanamugire
  • Published on 5th April 2021
A walk-in 2018 to remember the Genocide Against the Tutsi. For years, Rwanda and France have traded accusations over the latter’s role in the genocide. PHOTO | FILE | NMG
  • The French government have published a report, covering two years of research and investigation by French historians to verify whether the French government was culpable in the genocide of the Tutsi population in Rwanda. This report was in response to an allegation in 2008 by Rwandan officials who accused France of being culpable for the genocide. Rwanda officials have criticized the French government for protecting war criminals, who were implicated in the genocide, some of whom are residing in France and have not faced any consequences for their role in the genocide.
  • The genocide survivor organisation, Ibuka, states that this report shows progress in the relations between France and Rwanda, which has been fractious for the past two decades.  This report states that France had provided military assistance to aid the Rwandan government, which was led at this time by President Juvénal Habyarimana, a Hutu.  Habyarimana’s army was responsible for the genocide of the Tutsi population in Rwanda.
  • Ibuka shares that they will be verifying the findings of the report before making an official declaration of the report’s conclusions.


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