Three rights groups have filed a lawsuit accusing France’s biggest bank of complicity in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, for allegedly helping Rwandan authorities purchase weapons despite a U.N. arms embargo.
The three organizations — Sherpa, Ibuka France and CPCR — said in a statement issued today that BNP Paribas is suspected of authorizing transfers worth $1.3 million from the Rwandan state bank to an arms dealer. The dealer is believed to have provided weapons to the genocide government.
The lawsuit was filed in a Paris court Wednesday. BNP said it would not comment until it has further information.