Who Was Behind the Rwandan Genocide? Debunking the “Hutu Extremist” Myth

Global Research | September 09, 2015

The Rwandan Genocide started on the evening of April 6, 1994, when two missiles shot down an aircraft carrying the Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira as it prepared to land in Kigali.

Violence broke out the following morning, on April 7. The President of the UN Security Council asked the UN Secretary General to collect information regarding the attacks and report it to the Security Council as soon as possible. No news would come until June, when René Dégni, a UN envoy in Rwanda, acknowledged that the shooting of the Dassault Falcon 50 jet had triggered the genocide and requested that a commission be created to examine the issue. Other reports would later attest to his statement and add that the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) was involved in the conspiracy. The UN mysteriously rejected Dégni’s request on the grounds that the organization did not have the necessary budget for such an undertaking.1

Months after the massacre, on November 8, the UN Security Council created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), an international ad hoc tribunal responsible for bringing to justice the individuals charged with organizing the violence committed in Rwanda and its neighboring territories between January 1 1994 and December 31 1994. Although Habyarimana’s death clearly fell within this time period, the ICTR nevertheless went on to declare that any investigation into the event was beyond the tribunal’s mandate. Why did the ICTR make this decision in 1997 and what does it reveal today about international public law?

Upon closer examination, the ICTR carries evidence for Paul Kagame’s complicity in the Habyarimana attacks and in the replacement of a multi-ethnic and power­-sharing coalition government with a disruptive and criminal military regime. The evidence undermines the UN’s legitimacy 1) by falsifying its official “Tutsi massacre” thesis, 2) by exposing the role of some Security Council members in facilitating the RPF’s rise to power, and 3) by pointing to the inapplicability of its championed common law and multiparty electoral systems in heterogeneous ethnic settings. This triple threat pushes the UN to preserve its legitimacy by forcing the ICTR not to take into account the evolution of knowledge on the genocide. Therefore, Kagame can claim diplomatic immunity and continue to exercise his hegemonic influence in the Great Lakes region without signing the 1998 Rome Statute so long as the UN remains in its current vulnerable position.


Constructing the Official “Hutu Extremist” Narrative

Back then – and still today – few outsiders understood the lived particularities of Rwanda’s ethnic democracy in the lead up to the genocide (1990­-1994).2 Therefore, when Kagame assassinated President Juvenal Habyarimana (pictured right) on the night of April 6 and 7 and Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana the following morning, a narrative centered on a scapegoat, the Hutu extremist, captured the imagination of almost every outsider who struggled to make sense of the conflict.3

Proponents of the official “Tutsi massacre” narrative argue that a group of ethnic Hutu extremists revengefully assassinated their own president for signing the Arusha peace accords.4 These extremists had a meticulously drawn­-out plan to trigger a coup d’état on the night of April 6 and 7, which would in turn allow them to replace their president with an interim government. Yet, even with the United Nations Assistance for Rwanda (UNAMIR) forces by their side, the interim government was unable to control the ensuing violence in Rwanda. Fed up with the government’s inefficiency, Kagame took up arms to protect the Rwandan population and rid the country of genocidal Hutu extremists.5

Proponents of this narrative also describe Habyarimana’s inner circle of relatives and friends, the Akazu, as a group of violent and racist radicals, often intellectuals, with a ‘zero ethnic Tutsi’ policy. This Hutu extremist faction, a cadre of Habyarimana’s MRND party for which democratization meant a likely loss of power, was labelled extremist because it did not refrain from killing moderates. From 1991 to 1992, numerous indiscriminate attacks (with bombs and grenades, among other weapons) were attributed to this faction’s ethnic hating ‘Hutu power’ ideology. As a result, many believed that the Akazu orchestrated Habyarimana’s assassination in 1994.

Another Hutu extremist faction was the Interahamwe, a militia formed by groups of young people from the MRND party. Supporters of the official narrative tell us it carried out much of the killing in 1994 and founded the RTLM, a radio station accused of hate speech and treason for broadcasting where Tutsis were fleeing during the genocide. Their attacks aggravated ethnic tensions by adding pressures to democratize.6 Ultimately, this violent faction, like the Akazu, provided Kagame with the necessary pretext for engaging in armed conflict: namely, protecting the people from the MRND. As we will see, however, the official narrative oddly ignores the role these extremist factions had after the genocide in providing the ICTR with its incentive to prosecute Hutu extremists at all costs and overlook the RPF’s role in pillaging the African Great Lakes region.

In sum, the official narrative tells us that the period leading up to the assassination was one of exacerbating ethnic tensions caused by highly violent Hutu extremist factions, many of which the interim government could not put down.7 Kagame and the RPF resumed hostilities against Hutu extremists on the morning after Habyarimana’s assassination in order to protect the Tutsi population. They came out victorious several months later, in July, and have ruled Rwanda ever since.

Contesting the Official Narrative

For a complete historical account of the Rwandan genocide, we cannot omit the lived particularities of Rwanda’s ethnic democracy in the lead up to the genocide. It is therefore necessary to question the validity of the Hutu extremist narrative. A brief overview of the Hourigan, Bruguiere, and Trevidic reports is useful here. The reports were written at different times by judges who sought to revise the official narrative via an examination of Kagame’s role in the shooting down of the Falcon 50.

In 1997, the UN tasked the Australian lawyer Michael Hourigan with investigating the assassination of the Rwandan and Burundian presidents. While working for the Prosecutor’s Office headed by Louise Arbour, Hourigan found that the assassination was most likely sponsored by Paul Kagame (pictured left) and his RPF. He also found that the RPF received aid from a foreign country. Arbour suppressed the evidence, however, on the grounds that “the event in question” did not clearly constitute “a crime within the tribunal’s jurisdiction.”8 Although the testimonies of some highly ranked RPF officials in the Bruguiere Report confirmed Hourigan’s conclusions, the ICTR nevertheless did not launch a single official inquiry into the assassination. It even prohibited its prosecutors from doing so. For example, Carla Del Ponte, who had just replaced Louise Arbour as Chief Prosecutor of the ICTR, was removed from her position when she relaunched an investigation into the assassination and other related crimes committed by the RPF.9

The UN Security Council denied the existence of the Hourigan Report until a Canadian source published it in March 2000. That year, the families of the crew members who perished on the Falcon 50 had urged a French judge called Jean-­Louis Bruguiere to investigate the causes of the assassination.10 Upon his request, in May 2000, the UN Security Council sent Bruguiere a copy of the Hourigan Report (albeit reluctantly), which allowed him to add to Hourigan’s conclusions by examining the origins of the missiles used in the assassination and by recording more self­-incriminating testimonies of high-ranking RPF officials. After the release of the report, the UN Security Council was forced to admit the information had been in the ICTR’s possession the entire time at Arusha.

In hindsight, Hourigan and Bruguiere turned the entire history of the Rwandan Genocide on its head by effectively pointing to the RPF’s complicity in President Habyarimana’s assassination. Their reports paved the way for a revisionist trend in the historical scholarship of the genocide by providing a new generation of historians with the necessary evidence to critically re­examine Kagame’s misleading vision of the Hutu extremist. They also provided the ICTR with the requisite legal documentation to show that the Hutu extremist factions mentioned in the previous chapter, the Interahamwe and the Akazu, were not responsible for the shooting down of the Falcon 50.

The Interahamwe was founded by a Tutsi member of the MRND, Anastase Gasana, in response to the rise of the Inkuba, a youth group of the MDR that had fought against the MRND from July 10 1992 to July 13 1992.11 Bernard Lugan explains that Gasana left the MRND to join the MDR, where he became councilor for the Hutu Prime Minister Nsengiyaremye. By the end of the genocide, in July 1994, he had joined the RPF and was minister for Kagame’s first government.12 In hindsight, the “absence of MRND structural relationships and control over the Interahamwe” may have caused Gasana to change alliances amidst a congenial business environment between Hutu and Tutsi businessmen “who used mass killing to settle political scores.”13 In this context, Tutsis may conceivably have formed an important part of the Interahamwe.14

Being unknown, the Akazu faction was also misrepresented and slandered. Gaspard Musabyimana was a witness before the ICTR in the trials of Protais Zigiranyirazo, supposedly the head of the Akazu guilty of conspiracy to commit genocide, complicity in genocide and murder as a crime against humanity.15 The former testified on the basis of his experience as a civil servant in Rwanda that there was no known intervention by alleged inner-­Akazu members between 1992 and 1994.16 Moreover, he argued in his book that those who claim to have knowledge on the Akazu are unable to define its structural and organizational properties.17 In hindsight, Musabyimana was correct. The ICTR was unable find evidence on which it could charge Zigiranyirazo for his crimes; it found that “the prosecution failed to prove that Protais Zigiranyirazo conspired with officials, at various meetings, to plan or facilitate attacks on the Tutsi population. Likewise, the Prosecution failed to prove any criminal responsibility for alleged involvement in the Interahamwe, or in killings on Rurunga Hill.”18 19

Since 2007, French judges Marc Trevidic and Nathalie Poux (both pictured right) have had authority over Bruguiere’s file. However, in contrast to Hourigan, Brugiere, and even the Spanish National Court Judge Fernando Andreu Merelles, who indicted 40 members of the RPF in February 2008 for their alleged crimes after the war, Poux and Trevidic have yet to put forward a definitive conclusion. That being said, supporters of the official narrative maintain that Trevidic published a “detailed report” in January 2012 containing conclusive “evidence from French experts, including crash investigators, who proved scientifically that the missiles that shot down the plane came from the confines of the government-­run barracks in Kanombe.”20 The problem here is that the report was not written by Trevidic, but rather by five “experts” who did not claim to know who fired the missiles and where the missiles came from.21 As a result, lawyers who were tasked with defending the Rwandan individuals indicted by Brugiere in 2006 conveniently argued before the investigating magistrate of the ICTR that the Trevidic Report lacked evidence and should cease to exist. Trevidic refused to dismiss the case in November 2013. 22

The relatively long chronology of the Hourigan, Bruguiere, and Trevidic reports – from 1997 to the present – shows that our international public legal system constantly suppresses people who, in their quest for greater historical accuracy, inadvertently threaten the official narrative. After the 1997 Hourigan report, for instance, the UN mysteriously suppressed all future ICTR investigations into the April 6 assassination, which bought Kagame precious time to uphold victors justice and consolidate his rule via a biased narrative. Today, however, the tide may be turning against Kagame, for Trevidic’s refusal to dismiss the April 6 1994 assassination is testimony to the tremendous evolution of knowledge on the genocide. The ICTR must take this new information into serious consideration if it is to guarantee all of the accused Hutus with a free, fair, and independent trail. Hopefully, with enough popular pressure from dissidents in the international community, the UN will no longer be able use the ICTR and the official narrative to cover up evidence for Kagame’s poor record in the African Great Lakes.


Having covered the unsound Hutu extremist narrative, now we can look into how the international community facilitated Kagame’s rise to power by adhering to the official Hutu extremist narrative. In the end, was it in the UN Security Council’s interest to facilitate Kagame’s bid to power through military and economic aid before and after the April 6 attacks? If so, did some forces threaten to counter the Hutu extremist narrative? To answer this set of questions, we will analyze the role of foreign military and economic aid given to Kagame during his rise to power. This methodology will in turn allow us to consider in the final chapter why the UN must reinforce victor’s justice to justify the chaos it created in the region, why it ascribes to a narrative that deliberately conceals the inapplicability of the Western common law and multiparty electoral systems in heterogeneous ethnic settings, and why it tasked the ICTR with suppressing all future evidence pointing to the RPF’s complicity in Habyarimana’s assassination.

Kagame: Freedom Fighter or Terrorist?

There is evidence pointing to the role of some UN Security Council members in providing military aid to Kagame while he lived in Uganda throughout the 1980s and well into the 1990s. The evidence exposes the international community’s curious tendency to sponsor corrupt political regimes, leaving the UN Security Council with little choice but to conceal its fraudulent behavior by deliberately ascribing to a narrative that falsely portrays Kagame as a freedom fighter.

It has become commonplace for the international community to watch on complaisantly as America and its allies cover up their blunders by positioning RPF terrorists at the heart of their wider strategy in the African Great  Lakes region. Herman and Peterson argue that Museveni and Kagame have been able to ignore the ICC’s indictments because they are highly valued clients of the West.23 Even before the ICC was created, were it not for US military and economic support in the region, the international community would have sanctioned the RPF-­led Ugandan invasion of Rwanda on October 1 1990 as a clear case of aggression, rather than as a mere side-­effect of ongoing civil incursion or rising ethnic tensions.24 Everywhere in the world, Philpot adds, “that attack…would be described as an invasion of one country by another…In legal terms and according to principles established at the Nuremberg Trials…it was no less than the worst war crime because it was a crime against peace.”25 But Kagame got away with this war crime because the Anglo-American system of imperial domination used the Hutu extremist myth to successfully portray him as the leader of a group of freedom fighters rather than terrorists, thereby consolidating his position as “the global elite’s favorite strongman.”26

Some historical context is needed to understand what may have brought the UN to adopt this myth. First, Kagame underwent his military training at the U.S Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he may have acquired his mainstream political rhetoric centered on bringing western notions ‘democracy’ and ‘development’ to Africa. Then, as a foreigner in Uganda, he somehow became chief of the country’s military intelligence, which most likely provided him with the necessary political/military networks to create the RPF and then train its members for a full­-scale invasion of Rwanda. Here we must be remember that Kagame reached this position in the same year that Museveni (pictured left), “the darling of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and United States diplomacy since the middle of the 1980s”, became Uganda’s head of state in 1986.27 By January of that year, Tutsis represented 20­-25% of membership for the movement Museveni had created earlier that decade, the National Resistance Army (NRA). 28 29

Kagame invaded Rwanda shortly after becoming head of the RPF in 1990. Membership into the political party was accorded to “Uganda’s former Defense Minister, Fred Rwigyema, along with many senior officers, one hundred and fifty middle level officers, and even some of President Museveni’s own bodyguards.”30 Before the invasion, Museveni emphasized the importance of military rigor (discipline, loyalty etc.) in combating counterrevolutionary insurgencies. Yet, after the invasion, he conveniently distanced himself from the RPF by “pleading ignorance and surprise”, going as far as arguing in a 1991 address that its members “conspired, took us by surprise, and went to Rwanda, which was not particularly difficult…We had information…but we shared it with the Rwandan government. [The Rwandan government] actually had, or should have had, more information because, after all, it was their business…to follow up who was plotting what.”31 The Rwandan government, according to Musseveni’s logic, was at fault for not having spied and monitored all the movements and actions of the Ugandan army.32 Museveni’s reluctance to view spying as a call for war is problematic not because it normally would not apply to neighboring countries like France and Germany (as Philpot has us believe), but rather because this logic is applicable only when it benefits the Anglo-American system of imperial domination. The Anglo-American empire allowed this type of thinking to safeguard Museveni against ever having “to punish the senior officers who mutinied in his own army” because it conveniently blamed Habyarimana for not containing the RPF’s attack.33 Shortly after the October invasion of Rwanda, the President of Uganda even demanded in a speech given to his officers in August 1990 “that Rwanda agree to a cease­fire and negotiate with the insurgents, now called the Rwandan Patriotic Front.”34

Here we should note that no imperial power ever once threatened to punish President Museveni or to cut off support to his country. In turn, Uganda was to maintain its role as the RPF’s military arsenal right up until the shooting down of the Falcon 50. Several months before the assassination, in February 1994, Jean-­Pierre Minaberry, the co­pilot of Habyarimana’s presidential plane, expressed in a letter written in French to Bruno Decoin, the chief technician of the presidential plane, that:

“With the RPF…located 1 km away from the control tower and given the UN alias MINUAR’s bias, we are almost certain that there are SAM 7 missiles and others posing a threat to the Falcon 50″.”35

In hindsight, Bruguiere’s report justified the French pilot’s statement by pointing out that the missiles used to shoot down the Falcon 50 less than two months later came from a batch of 40 SA­16 missiles sold to Uganda by the USSR in 1987.36 Moreover, the US ambassador to Rwanda at the time, Robert A. Flatten, who had close ties to Kagame and Museveni in the period leading up to genocide, testified before the ICTR that he “seriously doubted that Habyarimana’s supporters planned to kill civilians on a massive scale because the CIA and other intelligence agencies would have reported it when he was in Rwanda from 1990 to late 1993.”37

Given this information on the RPF’s military and diplomatic connections with Uganda, along with the evidence of Kagame’s complicity in Habyarimana’s assassination, we are in a better position to understand why Judge Trevidic refused to dismiss in November 2013 the ICTR’s investigation into Habyarimana’s assassination. Kagame (pictured right with Bill Clinton) was tied not only to Museveni’s Uganda, but also to the Pentagon and its various branches (i.e., the CIA and the State Department), thereby giving him access to the requisite military and diplomatic support to carry out a rapid and coordinated military response on the morning after Habyarimana’s plane crash.38 After the assassination, the U.S must have kept too much military and diplomatic information hidden from the international community for the UN to intervene effectively. After all, Kagame’s military connections had provided him with the necessary diplomatic aid to cover up an ongoing civil war in his country between 1990 and 1994. He used those various connections, facilitated by the bias of NGOs regarding their services, to forge a robust network of international campaigns that presented his men as freedom fighters all the while demonizing Habyarimana.39

To completely remove Habyarimana from power, however, Kagame’s foreign allies also had to create strategic chaos in Rwanda through their economic aid.

Economic Aid

If Rwanda is at once small, crowded, and materially poor, then the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is large, empty, and materially rich. Hence, Kagame’s control of the DRC is crucial to his economic agenda. For twenty years now, the government of Rwanda has been pillaging the DRC of every resource, a practice that the Western world has not sanctioned. One reason for such corruption may be that the great trade­-off of the Rwandan Genocide, the underlying reason why Kagame is portrayed as a ‘freedom fighter’, why the UN constantly suppresses evidence of the RPF’s involvement in Habyarimana’s assassination, and why his utterly ruthless rise to power is considered a success story, is that compliance with foreign economic interests is a requisite for avoiding US-imposed economic sanctions and military intervention.40 The government of Rwanda is no exception to this rule.

Proponents of the official narrative say the RPF invasion of Rwanda in 1990 triggered ethnic hatred against Tutsis and therefore probably increased the Hutu government’s legitimacy. This is true only insofar as we ignore the history of the conflict between Hutus and Tutsis. Habyarimana was considered a moderate Hutu and gained considerable support among both Hutus and Tutsis before Kagame’s attempts to overthrow him. A section of the French National Assembly’s Mission d’Information Parlementaire sur le Rwanda explains how Habyarimana helped redress Rwanda’s economic problems after rising to power in 1973:

“During the 1970s, in fact, Rwanda was in good health financially and economically. This period was characterized by high economic growth rates (5 % on average), financial stability and a weak inflation rate. This situation resulted from high coffee prices and very prudent policy management. In this Rwanda, which was regarded as the “Switzerland of Africa”, the illusion of socioeconomic progress was strong between 1976 and 1983.” 41

By 1980, NGOs flocked to Rwanda. Productivity growth reached its peak in 1986; some 42,000 tons of coffee were being exported from Rwanda, representing 82% of total exports.42 The development success of Rwanda was in large part due to Habyarimana’s ability to redress policies. In spite of his achievements, however, the situation started to deteriorate from the middle of the 1980s onward, when an agricultural crisis later morphed into a financial and political crisis, leading to increasing dependency on foreign aid (‘structural adjustment programs’) and a severe balance of payments deficit.43 The collapse of the mining sector, together with falling coffee prices, brought about a new crisis the Rwandan government could not control. The weakening of the state administrative apparatus severely affected almost all social groups by triggering the revival of ethnic hatred, made easier by the RPF invasion.44 Food production, which increased from 1960 to the mid ­1980s, stagnated between 1985 and 1990.45 Moreover, Rwanda’s annual GDP growth rate fell from 4.7% in the 1970s to 2.2% in the 1980s, while its foreign debt increased from 189 million dollars to 873 million.46 47

To make matters worse, at the outset of hostilities in 1990, Rwanda became increasingly dependent on foreign aid. “The release of multilateral and bilateral loans since the outbreak of the civil war”, writes Chossudovsky, “was made conditional upon implementing a process of so-­called ‘democratization’ under the tight surveillance of the donor community.”48 But poverty caused by civil war and IMF reforms precluded any genuine process of democratization. In fact, with the state administrative apparatus in disarray, state enterprises were pushed into bankruptcy and public services collapsed under the banner of “good governance.”49 The structural adjustment programs (SAPs) imposed on Rwanda by the IMF to restructure the Rwandan economy, such as the implementation of austerity measures on civilian expenditures, failed because donors had allowed defense spending to increase without impediment.50 Meanwhile, under a newly established social safety net and the growing threat posed by the AIDS epidemic, health and education collapsed and child malnutrition increased dramatically, which aggravated a demographic crisis that started in the 1960s.51

The World Bank, for its part, acted as if politics did not exist by thinking it could apply economic “shock therapy” to a country facing a severe demographic crisis and on the verge of civil war.52 Its so-­called Loan Completion Report, for instance, congratulated Habyarimana for his efforts to democratize but “failed to even acknowledge the existence of a civil war prior to April 1994.” 53 Moreover, the World Bank long stayed mute as the same donor institutions were financing both sides in the civil war. 54 Therefore, the UN and its concomitant institutions, the IMF and World Bank, actively provoked an economic recession without considering its potentially devastating sociopolitical effects. Then, the international community led by the US remained on the sidelines as it watched Rwanda’s habitual ethnic tensions burst into a full-­scale genocide. Its resultant failure to democratize Rwanda pushed it to reaffirm Western legitimacy by promoting the Hutu extremist narrative, which in turn pressured Habyarimana to ‘democratize’ at the Arusha Accords via the introduction of multiparty elections.55

In spite of Habyarimana’s peace efforts, violence escalated to such an extent after his assassination that Rwanda went from being viewed as a potential success story in the early 1980s to an unsolvable ‘basket case’ in 1994. That year, the international community deemed the situation in Rwanda so unmanageable that it pushed “for the complete removal of UN troops because [it] didn’t want UN troops to stand in the way of Kagame’s conquest of the country, even though Rwandan Hutu authorities were urging the dispatch of more UN troops.”56 The UN, which had been inactive during the genocide, was afterwards forced to uphold victor’s justice to justify the socio-political and financial chaos it had created in the region. Therefore, it created the ICTR and tasked it with upholding the Hutu extremist narrative at all costs through the common law system. Later on, this assignment also required suppressing all future evidence pointing to the RPF’s complicity in Habyarimana’s assassination.


Today, the UN Security Council is in a vulnerable position because it must conceal the fact that its championed multiparty electoral system, which was designed to replace Habyarimana, turned out advantageous to him. Hence, to preserve its legitimacy, the UN omitted from taking into account the evolution of knowledge on the genocide by tasking the ICTR with suppressing all evidence pointing to the RPF’s complicity in Habyarimana’s assassination. To suppress all evidence, it had to install a common law system that a) renders the prosecutor entirely independent before the ICTR and b) separates the plaintiff and defendant into two opposing albeit unequal camps. So long as the international community remains caught in this inefficient legal system, the history of the genocide cannot be rewritten, for the ICTR can carry on concealing Kagame’s crimes against humanity without meeting any real opposition.

The Arusha Accords and the Paradox of Majoritarian Multiparty Elections

The day after Habyarimana’s assassination, on April 7, 1994, the RPF violated the Arusha Accords by resuming hostilities unilaterally. In the end, why did the Arusha Peace Agreement, signed on August 4 1993 by the Hutu government and the RPF, fail to protect the people and reconcile the country? Why did Kagame violate the terms of the Arusha Peace Agreement? Part of the answer to both questions is that multiparty elections, which were meant to remove the ‘ethnic hating’ and ‘despotic’ Juvénal Habyarimana from power, ironically favored him. Aware of his disadvantage vis­a­vis Habyarimana, Kagame forwent the formal democratic process and engaged instead in armed conflict.

By 1990, Habyarimana had accepted that some reforms to Rwanda’s political process were needed, and in July, under pressure from Western aid donors, he announced his support for them. Although the RPF had broken ceasefire several times between 1990 and 1991, Habyarimana nevertheless agreed to install multipartyism and promulgated this constitutional change in June 1991.57 By August 1991, opposition parties were constitutionally recognized, and on April 2 1992, a coalition government that included all the major parties (MRND, MDR, PSD, PDC, and PL) was created. From then on, the four main opposition parties to Habyarimana’s MRND, Philpot tells us, “had to define their positions with regards to President Habyarimana, but they also had to define themselves in relation to the occupying RPF army and its supporters throughout the world.”58 Indeed, since the most important stakeholders ­– Belgium, the US, Canada, and Britain – backed the RPF and were prepared to eject President Habyarimana from power, opposition parties had to appeal to them in order to receive funding and other benefits.59 According to Philpot, most of these foreign powers appeared at the time to be siding with the invading RPF army:

“Seeing the way the wind was blowing, these opposition parties began to establish direct ties with the RPF in the hope of gaining similar international support for themselves. As a result, leaders of opposition parties and the Rwandan Patriotic Front met in Brussels from May 29 through June 3, 1992, and issued a joint press release. It turns out, in fact, that those meetings were attended by opposition parties.”60

Nearly 48 hours after the issuing of this joint press release, on June 5 1992, the RPF’s military wing, the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA), launched a violent attack on the Byumba region and successfully fended off RAF forces, the Hutu government’s army. The invasion forced thousands of peasants into exile and somehow allowed the RPF to call the region a ‘liberated zone.’61 That same night, while the RPF was in Paris conducting political negotiations with the Rwandan government, French forces intervened in the region to support the RAF and mitigate the havoc wreaked by the RPA.62 In hindsight, had the French government not provided military support to the RAF, one can say Kagame would have used his growing political and military powers (in the RPF and RPA, respectively), along with Habyarimana’s absence from Rwanda, to achieve total victory long before the advent of genocide.63

The point here is that, from the outset, the Arusha Accords largely favored the RPF. When a large transitional government was in turn established on August 3 1993, along with an international ad hoc tribunal the following year, their provisions logically favored the RPF. After the 1993 Peace Agreement, for instance, the new national army, which fused the Hutu RAF and Tutsi RPA, was to be composed of 19,000 men including 6,000 gendarmes, 60% of which came from the RAF and 40% from the RPA.64 Moreover, the chief of staff was to be an RAF member while the chief of the gendarmes was to be an RPA.65 Finally, since the commandant positions were to be distributed equally (50-50), 40% of RAF soldiers and up to half of its officers were removed from their positions, which instigated popular jealousy and hatred of Tutsis.66 To make matters worse, the transitional government, which was to comprise twenty ministers and secretaries of state, provided the MRNA and RPF each with five ministers.67

The incredible parity of these reforms is inexplicable given that the Tutsi population at the time comprised no more than 15% of the Rwandan population. Yet, rather than having the effect of triggering a movement for Hutu unity under the banner of ‘Hutu Power’ (as the official narrative has us believe), these reforms in reality divided the Hutu opposition by rallying some of its members towards the RPF’s familiar cause: namely, removing the Habyarimana from power. After all, the Rwandan Democratic Movement (RDM) and Liberal Movement (LM) parties imploded due to internal conflicts, which had the effect of replacing the tri­polar balance of power anticipated at Arusha (Hutu opposition vs. Presidential Movement vs RPF) with a bipolar balance of power centered on Rwanda’s military-industrial complex (MRND/FAR vs. RPF/RPA).68

Despite this advantageous scenario for the RPF, more Hutus ended up joining the MRND. These Hutus were immediately labelled ‘extremists’ by the mainstream news media in the West; the ‘moderate’ label was reserved for Hutus who were allied to the RPF. Ultimately, the splitting of the Hutu opposition ascertained the fact that the RPF would lose the majoritarian elections at the hands of the MRND. In the typical irony of history, the majoritarian multiparty electoral system, which was introduced to remove Habyarimana from power, turned out to be mathematically advantageous (on ethnic grounds) for the sovereign himself. Put differently, Habyarimana would likely have won the elections with the Hutu majority vote had Kagame not logically decided to let go of the democratic process in favor of manipulation, armed conflict, assassination and eventually genocide.

The official narrative does not take these ethnic realities into account because they highlight the inapplicability of Western ‘democracy’ in Rwanda. To make up for its ignorance, the UN Security Council had to preserve the legitimacy of its official narrative. After the genocide, it did this by exploiting a number of loopholes in the Anglo-Saxon common law system that prevented the ICTR from taking into account the evolution of knowledge on the genocide.

The ICTR and the Common Law System:

Manipulating numbers to Uphold the Narrative and Consolidate Victor’s Justice

To this day, a disproportionate number of the prosecutions have been brought against the Hutus, part of the reason for which is that Kagame’s government refuses to provide information that could be used to prosecute alleged Tutsi perpetrators.69 70 For example, Ramsey Clark’s 2004 letter to Kofi Annan, the head of the UN’s Peacekeeping Operations at the time, expressed concern that the ICTR had failed to indict a single Tutsi after nine years, even though Faustin Twagirimungu, the RPF’s first minister in 1994 and 1995, had testified that more Hutus than Tutsis were killed during the Rwandan genocide.71 Furthermore, the lieutenant Abdul Ruzibiza, a former officer for the RPA and Kagame’s comrade in arms, added in his testimony that the RPF counted Hutu corpses as Tutsi corpses: “I am convinced that the exhumed bodies of the common graves are not only those of Tutsi, because I know common graves where the Inkotanyi [Tutsi combatants] randomly threw the bodies of the people they killed, they were exhumed together by qualifying them all of Tutsi.”72 This observation is plausible, for there were not enough Tutsis in Rwanda to explain the number of victims put forward by the RPF after the genocide. In fact, by 1991, there were only 596,387 Tutsis out of a total population of 7,099,844 (or 8.4%). After the genocide, however, the RPF estimated that the total number of victims amounted to 1,074,017, and 93.7% of them were Tutsi (therefore 1,006,353 Tutsis in total, or almost twice the Tutsi population of Rwanda).73

While working for the ICTR, two prominent American political scientists, Christian Davenport and Allan C. Stam (both pictured right), blamed the RPF for upholding the above mentioned mathematical impossibility. They were in turn insulted and menaced by the RPF for their ‘negationist’ conclusions and eventually removed from the ICTR. 74 Therefore, the ICTR may have been set up to be independent, competent, impartial and established by law. Yet, its subservience to the RPF’s cause ultimately prevented it from adopting any of these features. The UN Security Council, for its part, had to maintain the Hutu extremist narrative to preserve its legitimacy and therefore encouraged the ICTR’s refusal to provide many of the accused Hutus with their most fundamental right to an impartial and independent trial.

The ICTR as an Ideologically Incoherent Instrument of Foreign Political Power

During the genocide, the Security Council did not intervene in the conflict, despite having the power and responsibility to do so. After the genocide, it stepped outside of its powers to establish a tribunal: in November 1994, Security Council Resolution 955 created the ICTR “for the prosecution of persons responsible for genocide and the other […] violations of international humanitarian law [and] ensuring that such violations are halted and effectively redressed.”75 76 By then, Kagame had won the war, established military control over the entire Rwandan territory, and justified his victory by calling upon a narrative that appealed to the Security Council. In this context, all there was left to do was to reinforce victor’s justice by judging the losers.77

Since the Security Council created the tribunal under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations to set out the UN Security Council’s powers to maintain peace, judging the losers would emanate from the Security Council itself rather than, as it should, “from the General Assembly of the UN representing all states on an equal footing.”78 Therefore, from the outset, “the tribunal was created as an instrument to carry out the Security Council’s policing or coercion functions.”79

Philpot believes these functions should be independent from justice, but this is wishful thinking, for the ICTR cannot possibly be independent  under an anglo-saxon common law system that a) renders the prosecutor totally independent before the ICTR and b) creates a deadlock plaintiff-­defendant opposition.

Targeting the Prosecutor

Under the common law system, the prosecutor is not subject to the tribunal’s authority, but rather that of the UN, and more specifically, the permanent members of the Security Council.80 Since the US and Great Britain, for instance, have always opposed any investigation that could potentially bother the RPF, the court never pursued Kagame or his collaborators once the RPF became a murder suspect. This argument explains why the court declared the investigation to be outside of its mandate. 81 It also explains why the Court of First Instance of the ICTR still refuses to take into account testimonies that incriminate Kagame on the grounds that they are not “essential to truth seeking”, a decision that the Court of Appeal is not shy to uphold.82

Philpot rightly argues that the compliance of many ICTR prosecutors towards the US and its foreign policy is an indicator that they similarly knew to whom they were indebted. The driving factor behind this consensus is the heavily occidental training all prosecutors forcibly underwent to compensate for the total disorder in Rwanda’s Justice Ministry.83 84 William Schabas, for instance, headed the program for training and recruiting Rwandan jurists as a Canadian member of the International Commission of Inquiry Concerning Rwanda.85  According to Carrol Off, the Eurocentric questions that the candidates had to answer included multiple-­choice questions on Plato’s Republic, Jean­-Paul Sartre, and the capital of Canada.87 She goes on to write:

“Anyone who could pass the one-hour test qualified for a fast track training program that lasted anywhere from one to five months. At the end of it, successful candidates were declared to be qualified prosecutors, investigators, and judges. Formal education had never really been an issue in Rwanda, where only one in fifty judges of the pre-war judiciary had a degree in law.”86

If prosecutors had to be heavily influenced by Western dogma to earn a position at the ICTR, then chief prosecutors were no different. Richard Goldstone, for example, had ties to the CIA.88 Moreover, we established earlier on that Louise Arbour had ordered Hourigan to come to The Hague in 1997, where she mysteriously told him to drop the investigation and “to burn his notes” without providing much of an explanation for her change of mind.89 Finally, Carla Del Ponte curiously contradicted herself in December 1999 when she declared that all events contributing to the genocide’s “preparation” were within the ICTR’s mandate except for the one assassination she holds responsible for having “triggered everything”:

“If the tribunal does not handle (Habyarimana’s assassination), it is because it does not have jurisdiction in the matter. It is very true that it triggered everything. But in and of itself, attacking the plane and killing the president are not acts that falls under the articles that give us jurisdiction.”90

The Battle Between Two Opposing Camps: Plaintiff vs. Defendant

We have yet to find a way to incriminate Kagame for his crimes because formal international public law is a necessary but slow process. It is a slow process because the common law system ultimately creates two opposing camps, the plaintiff and the defendant, in order to subject the ICTR to an official narrative that inaccurately assigns Tutsi criminals the role of plaintiff and Hutu criminals the role of defendant.91

The ‘plaintiff’ camp necessarily has the upper hand over the defendant during trials because the former possesses documents that the Rwandan authorities have secretly or officially given it, which means that the defense can only really start working when the plaintiff decides to communicate the information.92 Unlike an inquisitorial legal system, where an investigating judge is tasked with filtering out inconsistencies in the evidence, the amount of information gathered under an adversarial system (i.e., common law) rests on the goodwill of the opposing camps. Put differently, both sides do their own filtering of information. The main problem with this adversarial setting is that it renders any hope of cooperation impossible. Since the official narrative is upheld by refusing to take into account the evolution of knowledge on the genocide, it is necessarily in the plaintiff camp’s best interest to refrain from communicating to the defendants new information that may incriminate Kagame.  This problem is not unique to the Rwandan Genocide since revisionist historians and political dissidents around the world are being ostracized and/or jailed for challenging the validity of a wide range of 20th century official narratives (Holocaust revisionism is the most poignant example).

The point here is that ICTR prosecutors are subservient to the political, economic, and military interests of the Anglo-American oligarchy, which creates a situation where politics trumps international justice and bias trumps inquisitiveness, thereby allowing Kagame and his Western allies to cover up their poor record in the African Great Lakes Region.


Given its reluctance to investigate the RPF’s complicity in the Habyarimana assassination, the ICTR may or may not be able to deliver its promise of providing many of the accused Hutus with their most fundamental right to a free, fair, impartial and independent trial. What is clear, however, is that ICTR is inadvertently putting the UN Security Council in the hot seat by carrying evidence that a) undermines the fraudulent official account of the genocide, b) exposes the role of some UN Security Council members in facilitating the RPF’s rise to power, and c) points to the inapplicability of the UN’s championed common law and multiparty electoral systems in heterogeneous ethnic settings. As a result, the UN Security Council is left with little choice but to preserve its legitimacy by coercing the rest of the international community into ignoring the evolution of knowledge on the genocide.

This triple threat explains why hardly anyone speaks of the US-­Rwanda connection in not having signed the 1998 Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court. It also explains why Kagame can claim diplomatic immunity and continue to exercise his hegemonic influence in the Great Lakes region without signing the Rome Statute. Therefore, until diverse nations unite in common cause to revise (rather than sustain) the Hutu extremist narrative, politics most likely will continue to trump justice, bias will trump inquisitiveness, and international public law will remain an inherently slow, informal, and unfair process.

On a more positive note, the rising popularity of alternative news indicates that more dissidents realize they are being lied to by the mainstream media. They know the mainstream press cannot cover up much longer the fact that Western democratic values make no sense in heterogeneous ethnic settings like Rwanda, where the common law system and majoritarian multiparty elections exacerbate ethnic tensions.

The main threat to dissidents around the world remain those progressive and neo-conservative intellectuals who, because they do not grasp the ethnic realities of the African continent, carry on promoting an over-simplified official narrative (via the mainstream press) that justifies the Anglo-American system of imperial domination. Equally threatening are left-wing and right-wing political parties, most of which are subservient to this intellectual elite, that mobilize in the name of human rights, pacifism and universal fraternity while covertly sponsoring corrupt and bellicose heads of state.

Again, people are starting to notice this political trend, which is probably why the US recently warned Kagame not to seek a third term as Rwandan president. What remains to be seen, however, is whether or not the US and the rest of the international community will incriminate Kagame once he no longer has sovereign immunity. This pending decision puts the world at a dangerous crossroads: if the international community does decide to bring Kagame and his men to justice, it will have to go against its own interests either by debunking the Hutu extremist myth and re-writing the official history of the Rwandan Genocide, or alternatively by fabricating yet another lie and further promoting the intellectual enslavement of mankind.


1. Lugan, Bernard. Rwanda: Un Genocide en Questions. Editions Du Rocher, 2014. Print. 58

2. Rwanda was a multiparty ethnic democracy by 1992. The country comprises of three main ethnic groups: Hutu (91%), Tutsi (8.4%) and Twa (0.4%). Mbeko, Patrick. Le Canada Et Le Pouvoir Tutsi Du Rwanda.: Deux Décennies De Complicité En Afrique Centrale. Montreal: L’Erablière, 2014. 293

3. We will argue in this article that Habyarimana’s assassination on the night of April 6 and 7 was planned by the RPF and paved the way for the genocide. In this view, Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyama’s assassination by the RPF the following day in Kigali (April 7 at 8:30 am) resulted from the conspiratorial events that unfolded after Habyarimana’s assassination.

4. The RPF greatly benefited from the accords: they constituted 50% of the army despite the fact Tutsis only represented 15% of the population. Proponents of the official narrative believe that Habyarimana signed the Arusha Accords albeit reluctantly.

5. Lugan, Bernard.Rwanda: Un Genocide en Questions. Editions Du Rocher, 2014. Print. 83

6. These pressures from the international community will be looked at in more depth in chapter 3

7. Hutu extremist factions include members of the Rwandan Armed Forces (RAF), Presidential Guard, national police, the “Zero Network death squads” (Akazu) as well as affiliated militias: the Interahamwe and Impuzamugamb.

8. Philpot, Robin. Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa: From Tragedy to Useful Imperial Fiction. Montreal: Baraka, 2013. Print. 113, 184-185

9. Ibid. 184-185

10. We must remember that the plane was coming from Paris, France. Therefore, the crew comprised mainly of French people. Hence the request by French authorities (after being pressured by the families of the victims) to investigate the crash.

11. In the Ngirumpasta trial, the court “found undisputed that the interahamwe were founded to counter other parties’ youth wings and recruit MRND members.” Edouard Karemera Matthieu Ngirumpaste v. The Prosecutor. [2014] ICTR-98-44-A. 57. Web.

12. Lugan, Bernard.Rwanda: Un Genocide en Questions. Editions Du Rocher, 2014. Print. 115 .

13. Billias, Nancy. Promoting and Producing Evil. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010. Print 191.

14. Ibid.

15. Protais Zigiranyirazo was also Habyarimana’s brother in law.

16. The Prosecutor v. Protais Zigiranyirazo. [2007]. ICTR-2001-73-T. Web.

17. Musabyimana, Gaspard. Rwanda, Le Mythe Des Mots. Paris: l’Harmattan, 2008. Print. 13

18.”Protais Zigiranyirazo Sentenced to 20 Years Imprisonment.” United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. 18 Dec. 2008. 15 Mar. 2015. Web

19. Protais Zigiranyirazo v. The Prosecutor. [2009]. ICTR-01-73-A. pp. 7; Philpot, John. Impunity at the ICTR. ICTR Defence Conference, The Hague. 14-15 November. 2009. Web. 6

20. These experts were the same group of 38 scholars, scientists, researchers, journalists and historians that signed a letter to the Director-General of the BBC, Tony Hall, expressing their concern over the BBC’s subversive documentary entitled “Rwanda’s Untold Story”, which was publically telecasted ovr the BBC2 on October 1. Peter Erlinder adds that “even the 1993-94 written reports of one of the 38 signatories tell a different version of contemporary events than the RPF victors told after the war.” Herman, Edward S. & Peterson, David. The Kagame-Power Lobby’s Dishonest Attack on the BBC Documentary on Rwanda. Global Research. November 02, 2014; Erlinder, Peter. “Genocide Denial” in Rwanda: Questioning the Official View of History. Global Research. October 27, 2014. Web.

21. This is a blatant case of selective use of evidence because, as Bernard Lugan notes, the contributors (“experts”) to this report were specifically tasked with calculating the “probabilities for the locus of origination of the missiles which in the aggregate covers such a large range of territory that, as of April 6, 1994, the missiles could have been fired from government-controlled territory on its western edges as well as from territory well outside of government control, in the vicinity of Masaka Hill, to the southeast of Kanombe camp and the airport’s runway, which is exactly where the former RPF figures who have testified on this matter in multiple venues over many years claim the missiles were fired from.” Lugan, Bernard. Rwanda: Un Génocide en Questions. Editions Du Rocher, 2014. Print.

22. The reasons for Trevidic’s decision are briefly explained in French on Bernard Lugan’s blog.

23. Herman, Edward S. & Peterson, David. The Politics of Genocide. New York: Monthly Review, 2010. Print. 20

24. Ibid. 53

25. Philpot, Robin. Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa: From Tragedy to Useful Imperial Fiction. Montreal: Baraka, 2013. Print. 33

26. Gettleman, Jeffrey. “The Global Elite’s Favorite Strongman.” The New York Times. 7 Sept. 2013. Web. 17 Mar. 2015.

27. Philpot, Robin. Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa: From Tragedy to Useful Imperial Fiction. Montreal: Baraka, 2013. Print. 34

28. Moreover, B. Lugan tells us that Museveni had to be related/allied to Tutsis because he originally came from the southwestern region of Uganda, Anakole. Lugan, Bernard. Rwanda: Un Génocide en Questions. Editions Du Rocher, 2014. Print. 7

29. By then, the NRA had merged with the National Resistance Movement. Ibid. 70

30. Philpot, Robin. Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa: From Tragedy to Useful Imperial Fiction. Montreal: Baraka, 2013. Print. 36

31. Ibid. 34

32. Ibid. 34

33.Museveni made this declaration in a speech given to his officers on 17 August, 1990. Ibid. 37

34. Lugan, Bernard. Rwanda: Un Génocide en Questions. Editions Du Rocher, 2014. Print. 225, Annexe 5.

35. “Avec le FPR…à 1 km de la tour de controle et avec le parti pris que tu connais par l’ONU alias MINUAR, nous sommes quasi certain qu’il y a des missiles SAM 7 et autres qui nous menacent pour les vols du Mystère 50.” Ibid. 55

36. Lugan, Bernard. Rwanda: Un Génocide en Questions. Editions Du Rocher, 2014. Print. 55

37. Erlinder, Peter. The Great Rwanda “Genocide Coverup”. Global Research. February 20, 2008.

38. For more information on Kagame’s ties to the CIA, see: Mbeko, Patrick. Le Canada Et Le Pouvoir Tutsi Du Rwanda: Deux Décennies De Complicité Criminelle En Afrique Centrale. Montréal: L’Erabliere, 2014. Print.

39. Lugan, Bernard. Rwanda: Un Genocide En Questions. Editions Du Rocher. 2014. Print 

40. “Kagame was proving that aid to Africa was not a hopeless waste and that poor and broken countries could be fixed with the right leadership. ‘[The African Continent] needed a success story, and he was it.’” Gettleman, Jeffrey. The Global Elite’s Favorite Strongman.”The New York Times. 7 Sept. 2013. Web. 17 Mar. 2015.

41. “Dans les années 1970 en effet, le Rwanda connaît une situation économique et financière saine, qui se caractérise par un taux élevé de croissance économique (5 % en moyenne), une stabilité financière, ainsi qu’un taux d’inflation faible. Cette situation tient avant tout au niveau élevé du prix du café et à une gestion publique très prudente. Dans ce Rwanda, alors considéré comme “ la Suisse de l’Afrique ”, l’illusion d’une réussite socio­économique est forte de 1976 à 1983.” Web 

42. Rwanda’s main resources are coffee and tea. ”Une Forte Pression Démographique Et Foncière.” Réseau Voltaire. Web. 15 Dec. 1998

43. The agricultural system collapsed because neither cash crops nor food crops were economically viable under the newly-imposed free trade system. To make matters worse, “the balance of payments situation deteriorated dramatically and the outstanding external debt, which had already doubled since 1985, increased by 34 percent between 1989 and 1992″. Chossudovsky, Michel. The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order. 2nd ed. Pincourt, Quebec: Global Research, 2003. Print. 108-109 

44. Uvin, Peter. Aiding Violenc: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda. West Hartford, CT: Kumarian, 1998. Print. 57

45. Ibid. 53 

46. “Une Forte Pression Démographique Et Foncière.” Réseau Voltaire. Web. 15 Dec. 1998. 

47. Foreign aid rose from 5% of the Rwandan GDP in 1973, the year Habyarimana took power, to 22% in 1991. Lugan, Bernard. Rwanda, Le Génocide, L’Eglise Et la Démocratie. Monaco: Rocher, 2004. Print. 107. 

48. Chossudovsky, Michel. The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order. 2nd ed. Pincourt, Quebec: Global Research, 2003. Print 105 

49.  Ibid. 19. In June 1992, for example, an additional devaluation occurred, advised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), followed by a new wave of inflation bringing about the collapse of internal production. See: Chossudovsky, Michel & Pierre Galand. “The 1994 Rwandan Genocide: The Use of Rwanda’s External Debt (1990-1994). The Responsibility of Donors and Creditors”. Global Research. 8 Sept 2015. Web

50. Ibid. 113 

51. Social safety nets, according to Chossudovsky, were earmarked by the donors for social and economic development programs. Ibid 58 

52. For more information on the topic of how the IMF’s “shock therapy” interventions of the past contributed to economic disasters, read the book Globalisation and its Discontents (2002) by former World Bank Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz.  

53.  Such ignorance by the draftees of the Loan-Completion report is largely due to their focus on macroeconomic rather than political issues. Chossudovsky, Michel. The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order. 2nd ed. Pincourt, Quebec: Global Research, 2003. Print 115. See also: Chossudovsky, Michel. “Rwanda: Installing a US Protectorate in Central Africa”. Global Research. 8 May 2003. Web

54. ”The influx of development loans from the World Bank’s soft lending affiliate the International Development Association (IDA), the African Development Fund (ADF), the European Development Fund (EDF) as well as from Germany, the United States, Belgium and Canada had been diverted into funding the military and interahamwe milita” Chossudovsky, Michel. “The Geopolitics behind the Rwandan Genocide: Paul Kagame accused of War Crimes“. Global Research, November 23, 2006. Web 

55. Lugan, Bernard. Rwanda, Le Génocide, L’Eglise Et La Démocratie. Monaco: Rocher, 2004. Print. 114 

56. Herman, Edward S., & David Peterson. The Politics of Genocide. New York: Monthly Review, 2010. Print. 63 

57. Lugan reminds us that the FPR, after invading from Uganda in 1990, pillaged Ruhengeri, a northern village, on  22 January,  1991, several months multipartyism was officially installed. Lugan, Bernard. Rwanda: Un Genocide En Questions. Monaco: Rocher, 2014. Print 73 

58. Philpot, Robin. Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa: From Tragedy to Useful Imperial Fiction. Montreal: Baraka, 2013. 53  

59. Philpot lists France instead of Canada as a stakeholder. (Ibid. 53) I decided to replace France with Canada after learning that the French government clearly sided with the Habyarimana’s Hutu government in the lead up to the genocide (see footnote 63).  In the aftermath of the Cold War, the US no longer felt it needed Mobutu or France to ensure stability in the Great Lakes Region. Canada, for its part, had the reputation of taking a ‘neutral’ stance in conflicts and bridging francophone and anglo-saxon culture. These two features made Canada an ideal partner for the US. Both Canada and the US went on to support the RPA. (see Patrick Mbeko, 2014, p. 133-134).  

60. Philpot, Robin. Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa: From Tragedy to Useful Imperial Fiction. Montreal: Baraka, 2013. 53

61. Lugan, Bernard. Rwanda: Un Genocide En Questions. Monarco: Rocher, 2014. Print. 74

62. Ibid. 74 

63. Ibid. 75 

64. Ibid. 78 

65. Ibid. 75 

66. Ibid. 78 

67. Philpot, Robin. Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa. Montreal: Baraka, 2013. Print. 59

68. The RDM imploded because its first president, Faustin Twagiramungu, who later went on to become the first Prime Minister under the Tutsi RPF government, was overtly in favor of an alliance with the RPF to overthrow his foe, Habyarimana. The PL, for its part, was extremely divided because two of its politicians, Justin Mugenzi (a Hutu) Landold Ndasingwa (a Tutsi), were of different ethnicities and held divergent political views. The latter later went on to take control of the party and align it with the RPF. Lugan, Bernard. Rwanda: Un Genocide En Questions. Monaco: Rocher, 2014. Print. 89, 98, 104 

69. Ramsey Clark’s Letter to Kofi Annan, which appeared in Milosevic, Slobodan. The Defense Speaks: For History and the Future.  12 Feb, 2004. Chapter 16. Web

70. “The witness statements represent a highly biased sample; the Kagame administration prevented the ICTR investigators from interviewing many who might provide information implicating members of the RPF or who were otherwise deemed by the government to be either unimportant or a threat to the regime.” Davenport, Christian & Allan C. Stam. “What Really Happened in Rwanda?” Pacific Standard. 6 Oct. 2009. Web. 17 Mar. 2014.

71. Ramsey Clark’s Letter to Kofi Annan, which appeared in Milosevic, Slobodan. The Defense Speaks: For History and the Future. 12 Feb, 2004. Chapter 16. Web 

72. Mbeko, Patrick. Le Canada Et Le Pouvoir Tutsi Du Rwanda: Deux Decennies De Complicite Criminelle En Afrique Centrale. Montreal, L’Erabliere, 2014. Print. 295 

73. Ibid. 295  

74. Ibid. 296 

75. Statute of the International Tribunal for Rwanda, 1994. 

76. Onana, Charles. Silence Sur Un Attentat: Le Scandale Du Genocide Rwandais: Actes Du Colloque Organise En Avril 2003 à Paris. Paris: Duboiris, 2005. Print. 88 

77. Ibid. 88 

78. Philpot, Robin. Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa: From Useful Tragedy to Imperial Fiction. Montreal: Baraka, 2013. Print. 189 

79. Ibid. 189 

80. ”No prosecutor has been appointed to the tribunal without being vetted by the US Department” Ibid. 178 

81. Ibid. 178

82. Ibid. 190 & Lugan, Bernard. Rwanda: Un Genocide En Questions.  Monaco: Rocher, 2014. Print. 178, 190, 191

83. Philpot adds that “most of the staff, lawyers, and judges [who worked for the Rwandan Justice Ministry] were in exile or prison themselves.” In short, Rwandans were not treating their legal system responsibly, which led Westerns to “jump at the opportunity to develop a program for recruiting and training Rwandan jurists.” Philpot, Robin. Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa: From Tragedy to Useful Imperial Fiction. Montreal: Baraka, 2013. Print. 178, 188 

84. The Chief Prosecutors of the ICTR were, in chronological order, Richard Goldstone (November 1994- September 1996), Louise Arbour ( September 1996- August 1999), Carla Del Ponte (September 1999-August 2003), and Hassan Bubacar Jallow (August 2003-present).

85. The International Commission of Inquiry report of January 1993 helped launch the psychological operation – supported by the US Pentagon and the Canadian Armed Forces Command- that has mischaracterized victims and killers in Rwanda, and hidden the war crimes and conspiracy to commit genocide by the RPF/A and UDPF and their backers (USAID, CIDA, Banro, Adastra, etc.). Snow, Keith Harmon. “Canada in the Wars in Central Africa”. Conscious Being Alliance. Web. 17 Mar. 2015.

86. Off, Carrol. The Lion, the Fox, and the Eagle. Random House of Canada. 2010. 333; Philpot, Robin. Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa: From Tragedy to Useful Imperial Fiction. Montreal: Baraka, 2013. Print. 188. .

87. Ibid. 188 

88. Ibid. 178-79

89. She (Louise Arbor) had previously told Hourigan over the phone that she thought his investigation was an excellent idea. “Rwanda: UN’s Louise Arbour Under Fire Over 1994 Murder of the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi.” Global Research. Web. 17 Mar. 2015. See also: Hourigan, Michael. “Evidence of Kagame’s Crimes Suppressed by Chief Rwanda Prosecutor Louise Arbour – Testimony  of Michael Hourigan.” Global Research. Web. 9 Apr. 2014

90. Lugan, Bernard. Rwanda: Un Genocide En Questions. Monaco: Rocher, 2014. Print. 62 

91. Ibid 178

92. Ibid. 177

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