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Truth and Reconciliation Video Now Available

Video of the landmark IHLI “Truth and Reconciliation” Roundtable of November 28, 2011 is now available online.

On October 1, 2011, formerly Rwanda’s Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa, 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 that triggered the “Rwanda genocide.”

On November 28, 2011, at the IHLI Rwandan Truth and Reconciliation Roundtable, Dr. Rudasingwa announced he had personally apologized to the widow of the slain Rwandan president just before coming to the Roundtable. Madam Habyarimana thanked him for his courage in coming forward, despite the very real threat of his own assassination; for his honesty, although too long delayed; and, she forgave him for his role in the cover-up of RPF crimes, including the assassination of her husband, President Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda, in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation which will be necessary to heal the suffering of both Hutu and Tutsi Rwandans.
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Africans Call on ICC to Investigate Kagame

On Aug. 17, 2012, Rwandans, Congolese and international criminal attorney Christopher Black gathered in The Hague to deliver a complaint and documentary evidence to Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, calling upon her to investigate Rwandan President Paul Kagame for war crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

On the same day, members of opposition parties walked to Kigali’s 1930 maximum security prison, where their leaders are incarcerated, in solidarity.

KPFA spoke to Alice Muhirwa, treasurer of the United Democratic Forces or FDU-Inking opposition party in Rwanda. More here.

View the Complaint filed against Kagame here.

The “Rwanda Genocide” Papers available on Amazon

This re-publication of the original September 1993 UN Reconnaissance Report on Rwanda by UN General Romeo Dallaire is the first volume in the International Humanitarian Law Institute “Rwanda Genocide Papers” Series of selected, previously-suppressed, UN and US government documents. They reveal a completely different “Rwanda genocide” narrative than the “long-planned genocide” myth promulgated by the RPF victors in the 1990-94 war for power and promoted by the US and UK through manipulation of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [ICTR] at the expense of the truth.

Proposed future volumes in this series include: Volume II, 1988-1990; Build-up to war and the Uganda/RPF invasion. Volume III, 1991-1992; Post-invasion guerilla war and multi-party political intrigue. Volume IV, 1993; RPF military superiority, 1.2 million displaced by February RPF assault, economic and social destabilization, the October “Burundi genocide,” as precursors to the “Rwanda genocide” and, Volume V, 1994-5; RPF war-planning/blocking peace process, the RPF double-assassinations and resulting mass violence, as predicted by the State Department, September 1994 USAID reports to UN Annan and US Warren Christopher confirming May 17 UNHCR reports of RPF mass crimes continuing after July 1994, and US-assisted cover-up begins even before the ICTR was established by US through the Security Council in November 1994.

The documents collected in these volumes are also part of a much larger on-line collection, in the IHLI researchable database at: www.rwandadocumentsproject.net.

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Former Chief of Staff: Kagame killed Habyarimana and Ntaryamira

The Confession of Former Kagame Chief of Staff, Dr. Theogene Rudesingwa:

On August 4, 1993, in Arusha, Tanzania, the Government of Rwanda and the Rwandese Patriotic Front signed the Arusha Peace Agreement [which]….included a commitment to principles of the rule of law, democracy, national unity, pluralism, the respect of fundamental freedoms and the rights of the individual.

The agreement further had provisions on power-sharing, formation of one and single National Army and a new National Gendarmerie [national police] from forces of the two warring parties; and a definitive solution to the problem of Rwandan refugees. On April 6, 1994, at 8:25 p.m., the Falcon 50 jet of the President of the Republic of Rwanda, registration number “ 9XR-NN, ” on its return from a summit meeting in DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzania, as it was on approach to Kanombe International Airport in KIGALI, Rwanda, was shot down.

All on board, including President Juvenal Habyarimana, President Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi, their entire entourage and flight crew died. The death of President Juvenal Habyarimana triggered the start of genocide that targeted Tutsi and Hutu moderates, and the resumption of civil war between RPF and the Government of Rwanda. The RPF’s sad and false narrative from that time on has been that Hutu extremists within President Habyarimana’s camp shot down the plane to derail the implementation of the Arusha Peace Agreement and to find a pretext to start the genocide in which over 800,000 Rwandans died in just 100 days….

The truth must now be told. Paul Kagame, then overall commander of the Rwandese Patriotic Army, the armed wing of the Rwandese Patriotic Front, was personally responsible for the shooting down of the plane. Read the rest of this entry »

Rwanda Truth and Reconciliation Roundtable

Mutual Acceptance of Responsibility –
The Way Forward

Speakers:

Paul Rusesabagina, honored for saving Hutus and Tutsis alike during the Rwandan Genocide
Robert Flaten, Former U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda
Professor Peter Erlinder, UN‐ICTR Lead Defense Counsel
Special guest TBA for security reasons

Moderated by Dr. Ali Galayd, Former Prime Minister of Somalia

4:00 PM ‐ 6:00 PM
William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul
Open to local students and faculty members with valid ID
Conference will be streamed live ‐ register at reconcileconference@gmail.com for video link.

Downloadable flyer for Rwanda Truth and Reconciliation Roundtable

Paul Rusesabagina of Hotel Rwanda to Speak at WMCL

Paul Rusesabagina, the real life hero of the acclaimed film Hotel Rwanda, will speak at William Mitchell College of Law from 1 to 3 pm Monday, Nov. 28. His speech, “Human Rights, Democracy, and Dictatorship: The Rwanda Experience,” is free and open to the public.

Mr. Rusesabagina served as manager of the Hotel des Mille Collines in Kigali and bravely risked his life to shelter Hutus and Tutsis who were seeking refuge from the genocide that killed more than 800,000 people during a 100-day period in 1994.
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Immunity for IMF Chief? No Problem.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers made news by asking that Ms. Diallo’s rape case against their client be dismissed, claiming diplomatic immunity under a 1947 Treaty that treats leaders of international organizations like heads-of-state.  Even though the U.S. had not ratified the Treaty, DSK’s lawyers argued that “head-of-agency” immunity had become customary international law. And, although the Supreme Court prevented President Clinton from asserting head-of-state immunity for wrongful acts committed before he was President in Clinton v. Jones, Strauss-Kahn was in office at the time of his allegedly wrongful acts.

However, Plaintiff’s lawyers properly noted U.S. courts have not recognized “head-of-agency” immunity, notwithstanding its international recognition.  Even more compelling from Plaintiff’s viewpoint, last term the Court held in Samantar v. Yousuf that statutory immunity created by Congress in 1976 is limited to nation-states. Individuals claiming immunity must rely on common law, “individual-official” immunity principles which, the Court held, are derivative of “sovereign immunity” and extend only to acts in an official capacity, on behalf of a state.

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