Following is a .pdf version of the final manuscript:
The Accidental Genocide
By Prof. Peter Erlinder, Director, International Humanitarian Law Institute; Lead Defense Counsel, UN ICTR, Military-1; past-Pres., UN ICTR Association des Avocats de la Defense.
“An expose of the US and UK role in the cover-up of US/UK ally Paul Kagame and his RPF forces in the assassination of the two presidents that triggered the Rwanda Genocide.”
The publication of The Accidental Genocide is especially relevant, given that 2014 is the 20th anniversary year of the “Rwandan genocide.” This book includes much of the evidence put into the ICTR record by IHLI Director Prof. Peter Erlinder, which resulted in ALL military and civilian leadership of former Rwandan government being acquitted by the UN International Rwanda Tribunal of long-term planning and conspiracy to commit genocide.
“the Prosecutor has not shown that…Rwanda’s ex-military or government…conspired to commit genocide…” UN Tribunal Appeal Chamber – Dec. 2011
Prof. Erlinder was imprisoned by the Kagame regime in Rwanda in 2010 as an “enemy of the state” while representing Rwandan Presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire, who has been a Kagame prisoner there since 2010. Charges were based solely on writing about the acquittals of the former government leaders on charges of conspiracy and planning to commit genocide, not on any acts committed in Rwanda. The UN eventually upheld his immunity from prosecution.
The Accidental Genocide presents original UN and USG documents that chronicle the creation of the RPF by the Pentagon in 1991-93, and the cover-up of RPF crimes by the Clinton State Department, using the ICTR, as early as September 1994. The documents featured in the book are taken directly from suppressed original UN and USG files, with maps and connecting narrative.
Between October, ’93 and April, ’94 three Rwanda/Burundi presidents were killed military-style within 6 months; massacres by the ruling Tutsi military of Hutu peasants swept Burundi in late 1993; mass violence spread to Rwanda only after the RPF assassinated the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi on April 6, 1994.
In her 2009 memoir, former Chief UN Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte explained she was fired from her ICTR post by US Ambassador Pierre Prosper on May 15, 2003 for refusing to drop the prosecution of Paul Kagame for the presidential assassination that triggered the mass violence in Rwanda, and RPF mass crimes committed during 1994. Similar RPF crimes in Congo are fully documented in the 600-page October 2010 UNHCHR “Mapping Report” on Crimes in the Congo, 1993-2003.
In August 2011, US Amb. Stephen Rapp, former deputy ICTR Chief Prosecutor, announced that the US State Department considered Kagame liable for prosecution for crimes committed by his troops in the Congo from 2003 to the present, thus confirming the criminal nature of the Kagame regime whose interests Rapp defended as ICTR deputy Chief Prosecutor after Del Ponte was fired by the U.S. State Dept. in 2003.
The re-publication of the original September 1993 UN Reconnaissance Report on Rwanda by UN General Romeo Dallaire was the first volume in the International Humanitarian Law Institute “Rwanda Genocide Papers” Series of selected, previously-suppressed, UN and US government documents. These long-suppressed documents reveal a completely different “Rwanda genocide” narrative than the “long-planned genocide” myth promulgated by the Rwandan Patriotic Front [RPF] victors in the 1990-1994 war for power, which has been promoted by the US and UK… at the expense of the truth reflected in documents in the evidentiary record at the UN-ICTR and now, in the public record.
These documents were originally made public when IHLI Director Prof. Peter Erlinder first gained access for their inspection under court order in the ICTR Military-1 Trial. And, as a result, three different trial panels at the ICTR have acquitted ALL of the national level military and government officials of “conspiracy for planning to commit genocide” tried so far, including the supposed “architect of the genocide,”
Even the supposed “architect of the genocide,” Col. Bagosora, was finally convicted of failing to properly supervise troops on April 7, 8, 9, …in December 2011. The ICTR trial judges have unanimously found insufficient evidence to support the “long-planned genocide,” when presented with the formerly secret UN and US government documents first introduced in the Military-1 case by Lead Counsel for Major Aloys Ntabakuze, IHLI Director, Prof. Erlinder.
Documents collected in these volumes are part of a larger on-line collection, in the IHLI database at: rwandadocumentsproject.net.
On October 1, 2011, Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa, formerly Rwanda’s Ambassador to the United States, issued a public apology to the Rwandan People for his role in the RPF cover-up of Paul Kagame’s assassination of the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi on April 6, 1994, the war crime that triggered the genocide.
On November 28, 2011, at the IHLI Rwandan Truth and Reconciliation Roundtable, Rudesingwa publicly apologized to Madam Habyarimana, the widow of the slain Rwandan President Habyarimana…despite the very real threat to his own life from the Kagame regime for his honesty. Although too-long delayed, and she forgave him for his role in the cover-up of RPF crimes, in the spirit of reconciliation which will be necessary to heal the suffering of both Hutu and Tutsi Rwandans.
Professor Peter Erlinder is current Director of the International Humanitarian Law Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, a non-profit, independent research and policy center, “For the Advancement of Due Process and Equality Before the Law, in the Theory and Practice of International Criminal Law.”
He is past-President of the National Lawyers Guild, 1993-1997, President of ADAD (the UN-ICTR defense lawyers associations, Arusha, Tanzania), a founding member of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms and the Minnesota Bill of Rights Defense Coalition, established to defend the civil liberties of Muslims.
Erlinder pioneered defense of Vietnam Veterans with PTSD facing the death penalty, and has represented many Native American, civil rights, Muslim and political activists facing misuse of government power, including Palestinian activist Dr. Sami al Arian and the Cuban-5.
In May 2010, he was imprisoned in Rwanda while defending Rwandan presidential candidate, Victoire Ingabire, and charged with “genocide denial” for having won the acquittal of his ICTR client on “genocide conspiracy” charges. Many groups, including the National Lawyers Guild, the American Bar Association, and members of the U.S. Senate and House called for his release, which was eventually won by an international grass-roots campaign.
After his release from Rwanda, Erlinder returned to the tenured faculty at William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, MN. He has also held faculty positions or lectured at the University of Chicago Law School, IIT-Chicago Kent, Golden Gate University, Waseda University, Hitosubashi University, University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, Columbia University, American University, and others.
His articles and commentary have been published by University of Pennsylvania, Boston College, Northwestern University, University of Texas, University of Southern California, and others, and print and electronic media worldwide.