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Daniel Halliday
Jul 6 · Last update 11 days ago.
Should the UN be held accountable for Rwanda?
With a murder rate five times higher than the Holocaust, did the UN stall interventions enough to be accountable for some of the deaths of the Rwandan Genocide? Should other international parties also be held accountable for their implicit connection to this genocide?
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The Roman Catholic Church should also be held accountable for harbouring genocide perpetrators
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If the question is of arming the Hutu government, then Israel is equally to blame
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America stood by and watched despite involvement in other similar civil conflicts around this time
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If the UN can be blamed then France were equally involved also
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Yes, the UN should be held accountable
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The Roman Catholic Church should also be held accountable for harbouring genocide perpetrators

Despite heroic acts of certain religious groups and individuals during the Rwandan genocide, some Priests were directly involved. In the years following the Genocide the Catholic Church actively aided some of these priests in fleeing the area, even helping them assume a new identity and relocate to Italy in one circumstance. While not directly advocating the violence, harbouring and covering for genocide perpetrators is especially abhorrent.

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If the question is of arming the Hutu government, then Israel is equally to blame

Israel supplied guns, bullets and grenades to the Rwandan government throughout the 1990’s, and it is undoubtable that these weapons would have been used to carry out the genocide. This trade carried on despite a UN embargo on weapons in Rwanda, thus breaking international law. In 2016 the Israeli Supreme Court ruled to suppress any record of their involvement it’s Rwanda in this period, further implicating there accountability in the matter.

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America stood by and watched despite involvement in other similar civil conflicts around this time

Following the failed American involvement in the Somalian Civil War Bill Clinton was cautious to do anything to help Rwanda, despite knowledge of a genocide being committed. Bill Clinton even admitted failing and expressed regret over his inaction. America therefore favoured preserving its public image above stopping one of the worst genocides of the 20th century.

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If the UN can be blamed then France were equally involved also

Although responsibility is not the issue for France, their accountability has been brought up. The French government have even been investigated for supporting and cooperating with the Hutu Government throughout the period of genocide. They have also been accused of helping to train Hutu militia members despite knowing of preparations for the genocide.

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Yes, the UN should be held accountable

Plans for the Genocide were uncovered by the UN forces in Rwanda before the outbreak of mass killing. The UN forces were blocked by the UN and by Hutu government when trying to raid weapons stockpiles the government had been hiding. Even following the outbreak of genocide Kofi Annan stalled and waited to let the security council to make a decision, even though he understood it to be a genocide and was aware that he had the power and clearance to order an intervention.

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