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Need to examine U.S. complicity in Africa Genocide

October 15, 2010

by Peter Erlinder

Bill Clinton, Paul Kagame in Rwanda
With respect to the United Nations Report officially released Oct. 1, showing the role of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) and other parties in genocide against Hutus in the Congo from 1993 to 2003, I think that the language used in the report is much less important than the pattern of commission of massive crimes against civilians – the killing of 6 million or more – and the illegal extraction of resources from the eastern Congo which the report confirms, once again.

The same information was contained in reports commissioned by the United Nations Security Council in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2008.

The recent Spanish indictment also details more than 300,000 deaths, prefecture by prefecture, committed by the RPF in Rwanda during 1994. And the assassination of President Juvenal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira, as a means to trigger Burundi-like civilian massacres to destabilize Rwanda as part of the RPF war plan, is well documented in U.N. documents in the public record at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda (ICTR) as well.

It is this evidence that caused the ICTR to find Gen. Gratien Kabiligi not guilty of all charges and to find Col. Theoneste Bagosora,  Col. Anatole Nsengiyumva and Maj. Aloys Ntabakuze not guilty of “conspiracy and long-term planning to commit genocide,” which completely rejects the RPF story of the “Rwandan genocide” and is why I was arrested as a genocide denier by the Kagame regime.

This does not deny mass violence took place, but the mass violence did not take place as described by the RPF victors in the Rwanda War. Whether the massive RPF crimes in Congo are called “war crimes,” “crimes against humanity” or “genocide,” the punishment is the same under international law.

President Kagame’s insistence that the report’s language be changed does not change the fact that ICTR Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte had the evidence to prosecute him and the RPF in 2003 or earlier, and was prevented from doing so by the U.S. State Department. “Toning down” the language is far from being able to “bury” the entire report, as the U.S. has been able to do with similar reports and even evidence at U.N. tribunals up until now.

Now that the crimes committed by the RPF, Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni are being exposed, U.S.-created “impunity” for the last 20 years of these crimes in the Great Lakes Region of Africa begins to verge on U.S. “complicity.” A complete reversal of U.S. policy is necessary, and soon.

Professor Peter Erlinder, an American lawyer who teaches at William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minn., is a defense attorney with the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda. He also represented Rwanda opposition leader Victoire Ingabire, who was prevented from running in the sham elections in August and remains under confinement. Erlinder was arrested in May and held for weeks in Rwanda after he went there to represent Ingabire. This story was first published by the Black Star News.

5 thoughts on “Need to examine U.S. complicity in Africa Genocide

  1. mahoro

    Atleast now Ingabire is where she belongs(prison). May be the drama queen will learn something from there, that destabilizing rwanda's peace is not an option. Ann kagame fears ingabire, that is your wishing full thinking.

    1. muanacongo

      well well well. the victim of yesterday has turned aggressor. we have seen such policy in the middle east and from what we have seen so far rwanda is using the same tactics(Media propaganda threat and carefully selected language to justify or cover the atrocities commited in RD Congo and the opponents of the Kagame regime),. crying victim to attract symphaty but in reality(sure of ittemporary support by the international mafia) pursuing the same policy of ethnic cleasing of the Hutus and Congolese. Impunity must edns full stop. Kagame got away with murders for too long. Its time for the real perpetrators to stand justice or the cycle of violence will continue for many generation. Mobutu sese seko was the big Man in africa and how did he end? a lesson to be learned.

    1. sam rwego

      @anne, what makes you believe that she is in those conditions? i mean, bernard ntaganda is refusing food…so i'm assuming that the rwandan penal system feeds its prisoners. as a journalist, you would do better not to spout out what her party's press release states as the truth. so some research that goes beyond suffering the net.


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