Rwanda to hand over report on France’s role in Genocide

On 20 April 2021 at 09:16

The Minister of Justice and State Attorney General, Johnston Busingye has said that Rwanda is set to hand over its report on the role of France in the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

He revealed this yesterday in a talk show aired on RBA, few hours after Rwanda released the report detailing France’s role in Genocide against the Tutsi.

“The Rwanda’s report has been presented to the cabinet today. It will be appropriately handed over to France in coming days. It is reasonable that the country will read it and give feedback,” he said.

Minister Busingye went on to explain that the report ‘is a great milestone’ that emphasizes facts spoken about France for so long and observed that its findings complement ‘Duclert report’.

A team of legal experts led by American jurist Robert F Muse from the Washington-based law firm Levy, Firestone Muse LLP, on Monday, April 19 handed their report on the role of France in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, a report that was presented to the cabinet chaired by President Paul Kagame.

The report shows that the French government was neither blind nor unconscious about the Genocide and provided unwavering support to the Genocidal government that was in power then.

The 600-page report dubbed; ‘A foreseeable Genocide: the role of the French Government in connection with the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi’ was a result of four years of research. It was commissioned in 2017 by the Rwandan government.

Minister Busingye has revealed that Rwanda, France had longstanding relations that continued to exist during darks moments the country went through which prompted to suspect France’s role during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

In 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron commissioned a team of expert researchers and historians to review archives on Rwanda, France relations between 1990 and 1994 analyzing the country’s role during Genocide against Tutsi.

The report presented to Macron on 26th March 2021 revealed that France bears "heavy and overwhelming responsibilities" over tragic history that led to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi which took lives of over 1 million victims.

The Government of Rwanda welcomed the report saying it "represents an important step toward a common understanding of France’s role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi".

Recently in April 2021, Prof. Vincent Duclert who headed the team of expert researchers and historians who analyzed French Government’s official archives presented the report to President Paul Kagame in Kigali.

France is accused to have deployed soldiers to train Interahamwe militia.