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Rwanda: Documents Shed New Light on Genocide Planning
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Rwanda: Documents Shed New Light on Genocide Plan
Monday, 10 April 2006, 9:08 pm
Press Release: Human Rights Watch
Rwanda: Documents Shed New Light on Genocide Planning
Use of Civilian Self-Defense Militias Revealed on Anniversary of Massacres

(New York) Organizers of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda used a civilian self-defense system to mobilize participants in the campaign to exterminate the Tutsi minority, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper released today.

The 17-page paper, The Rwandan Genocide: How It Was Prepared, draws on previously unpublished documents to lay out the way the extermination system was planned in the months before the genocide was launched, 12 years ago this week.

Genocidal violence did not just break out as a result of fear or hatred of the Tutsi minority, said Alison Des Forges, senior adviser to the Africa division at Human Rights Watch. It was launched by military, administrative, and political authorities using the machinery of the state.

The paper relates how officials and propagandists defined Tutsi civilians as the enemy to be targeted by self-defense efforts. It also summarizes the context of the genocide, which began in early April 1994, including poverty, land scarcity, colonial rule, the introduction of multi-party politics and the war.
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