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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #282 - Genocide in Rwanda: 24 years of impunity (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 4 May 2018 08:26:45 +0300

For the activists against the francafrique, the month of April is marked by the commemorations of the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994, of which France was an accomplice ... the pinnacle of the horrors of this neocolonial system. ---- On 7 April 1994, Hutu extremists, who held all of the country's powers, began systematically, planning and organizing the extermination of anyone considered to be " Tutsi ", as well as Hutus opposing the massacre about 1 million victims. ---- France had been engaged since 1990 in a secret war alongside this extremist power and its army. Since the beginning of this war against the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the Rwandan government has played amalgam between the military enemies (the RPF) and Tutsi civilians alleged accomplices " by nature " ... therefore to eliminate !

French civilian and military cooperation was at a very high level from 1990 to 1994, closest to the Rwandan government ; and our leaders could not ignore the project of extermination of Tutsis.

When the April 6 attack on the presidential plane sounded the hour of the massacre, our decision makers chose not to denounce cooperation agreements with the genocidal state.

The French state is therefore legally complicit in genocide. Yet, twenty-four years after the fact, the struggle for recognition and justice seems to have only begun ; and it continues only thanks to the inexhaustible will of a handful of activists.

This fight is carried out on the one hand in the media and historical fields (in order to oppose denialist theories), and on the other hand, because impunity prevents leaders from learning from the past.

At present, France has only 3 genocide suspects ; of which 2 are on appeal by July, and one is pending cassation ... so no final sentence at the moment. In comparison, Belgium has already sentenced 10 people and plans several trials in 2018.

In addition, contrary to its obligations as a signatory to the international convention of 9 December 1948 for the prevention and repression of genocide, France refuses to extradite genocide suspects to Rwanda, which intends to try them. As for the complaints concerning the French, four are under instruction: they target French military, Paul Barril (mercenaire close to the Elysee), or BNP Paribas for the financing of purchase of weapons. The complaining parties (associations and families of the victims) are confronted with complex procedures, diluted responsibilities, strategies of burial of files or infinite delay ... while the political and military leaders who implied France in this complicity of genocide age quietly,

Christmas Surget (AL Carcassonne)

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