Thursday, November 02, 2006

France and the Rwandan Genocide

From the BBC:

France says it will release classified documents on the Rwandan genocide, after claims that French troops were complicit in the 1994 massacre. Some 105 documents will be given to a magistrate investigating the claims by four genocide survivors. Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie took the decision on the recommendation of France's defence secrets commission. The plaintiffs accuse soldiers of rape, murder and complicity "in genocide and/or crimes against humanity".

For more on France's ties to the Rwandan government, and it's knowledge of (and some would say complicity in) the killings, I highly recommend Human Rights Watch's comprehensive account of the genocide, or skip to here for the full account of the West's response. It ain't pretty.

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