Human rights group condemns UN in Rwanda

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 08 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:895
  1. L Dillner

    Doctors, schoolteachers, and priests were directly involved in carrying out massacres in Rwanda, says the first substantive report on the killings, published last week by a respected human rights organisation. The 422 page report, by African Rights, contains interviews with eye witnesses of the genocide that took place during April and May this year (see personal view on p963).

    African Rights documents how, after President Juvenal Habyarimana was assassinated on 6 April, hundreds of thousands of Tutsis were murdered by their Hutu neighbours. The report states that, far from being a sudden act of tribal violence, the genocide was orchestrated by the government and ignored by the international community. The United Nations, it says, failed to take a “moral lead” in stopping the killing.

    Most people were killed in massacres that took place in hospitals, schools, and churches across the country. Their killers used hand grenades, guns, machetes, and masus (big clubs studded with nails). In almost every massacre investigated by African Rights, survivors told of militia returning the next morning to …

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