Gen Romeo Dallaire calls for prosecution of Canada-based genocide deniers

On 10 April 2020 at 08:15

Rtd Lt Gen Romeo Dallaire who was in charge of the UN peacekeeping mission (MINUAR) during the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 has requested the government of Canada to implement laws prosecuting genocide deniers.

Over the past years, Canada has gained notoriety for sheltering genocide deniers led by Judi Rever who published several books and articles advancing the double genocide theory. She has published books perpetrating denialism and history revisionism such as ’In Praise of Blood" and "The Crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front."

In the latter, she explains that with over 20 years worth of investigation, she found out that the RPF perpetrated the genocide against Tutsi and a second genocide against Hutu. She uses testimonies from former military officers who fled the country after the genocide.

As Rwanda began the 26th commemoration of the genocide against Tutsi, Gen Dallaire said that in Canada, his country of origin, denialism should be a crime punishable by law. "the Canadian government should reaffirm its stance against genocide and make denialism a crime punishable by law. Politicians, journalists, writers and other individuals who perpetrate denialism should not be tolerated."

Gen Dallaire restated the fact that during the genocide Tutsi were left to fend for themselves as the international community overlooked gruesome massacres. "We have failed Tutsi families during the genocide and for the rest of our lives, we will have flashbacks on the indifference we showed while more than a million Tutsi were being killed."

Gen Dallaire said that the 1994 genocide against Tutsi is the most ruthless and brutal mass killing he ever witnessed. He called upon the international community to prevent genocide by first prosecuting deniers and perpetrators.

In 2007, Dallaire founded the Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, a program with the aim of rescuing and rehabilitating child soldiers.

Gen Romeo Dallaire calls for prosecution of Canada-based genocide deniers