Ever since the reelection of Kagame, there has been a lot (more) of open critics coming from the US and the Netherlands on Kagame’s government .
The problem is:
The UN diclosed that there has been some possible acts of genocide in Congo, and Kagame was involved in it. After the genocide the Netherlands were one of the first to help Rwanda. After all this, turns out that the Rwandan government may have supported atrocities that could have led to a genocide too.
What’s the story behind it?
This arcticle might clarify some open questions.
The United Nations said acts of genocide may have been committed in the DR Congo as it published a hotly-contested report Friday detailing massacres by foreign armies and rebels in the war-torn nation.
Rwanda, whose troops were at the centre of the most serious accusations, said it categorically rejected the report after it failed to have it suppressed while Burundi said it was designed to destabilise the region.
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government said it was “appalled” by the details in the report covering 1993 to 2003 and demanded justice for the victims. “While it neither aims to establish individual responsibility, nor lay blame, the report — in full candour — reproduces the often shocking accounts by victims and witnesses of the tragedies they experienced,” Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said in the preface to the report.
The report, reworded in parts after a leak, said the “apparent systematic and widespread attacks… reveal a number of inculpatory elements that, if proven before a competent court, could be characterised as crimes of genocide”, pointing in particular to attacks by Rwandan troops during 1996-1997.
“It was not a question of people killed unintentionally in the course of combat, but people targeted primarily by AFDL (Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo)/APR (Rwandan Army)/FAB (Burundi army) and executed in their hundreds,” it added.
Joseph Kabila, son of Laurent Kabila and actual president of the DR Congo.
“The desire to validate the double genocide theory is consistently present throughout the report by mirror imaging the actors, ideology, and methods employed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide,” the statement from Rwanda said.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who had earlier dismissed the report’s claims as “absurd”, was at the vanguard of the Rwandan force which drove the Hutu militias behind the 1994 genocide in his homeland across the border into eastern DR Congo.
Amnesty International’s Erwin Van Der Borght said it is “quite appalling that states have attacked the work of the UN team,” stressing that the report was a “very credible piece of work” with “very solid methodology.”
“It’s a step backward if neighbouring countries reject the report offhand because obviously they have a role to play — many of their troops were directly involved in the conflict in the DRC,” he said.
Words like “allegedly” or “apparently” have been inserted into the final version of descriptions of violations, as well as references to the involvement of the foreign armies during the 1996-1998 first Congo war.
“The victims deserve justice and they deserve that their voices are heard by my government and by the international community,” Ileka Atoki said, proposing possible mixed international-DR Congo courts to try the perpetrators.
“Rwanda is outraged by the charges, 16 years after the 1994 genocide. One should not play with words. On one hand they say that Rwanda has an army of genocidaires, and on the other the same army is used to participate in a peacekeeping force to protect civilians. You have to know what you want.”Read the full UN report
Watch an interview with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the release of a 550-page report listing 617 of the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law over a 10-year period, by both state and non-state actors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Source: YouTube