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Old 01-09-2014, 05:11 PM   #21
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The Rwandan Genocide was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority. During the approximate 100-day period from April 7, 1994 to mid-July, an estimated 500,000–1,000,000 Rwandans were killed,constituting as much as 20% of the country's total population and 70% of the Tutsi then living in Rwanda. The genocide was planned by members of the core political elite known as the akazu, many of whom occupied positions at top levels of the national government. Perpetrators came from the ranks of the Rwandan army, the National Police (gendarmerie), government-backed militias including the Interahamwe and Impuzamugambi, and the Hutu civilian population..

A number of inquiries have been held into French involvement in Rwanda. In 1998, following pressure from French magazine Le Figaro, and the former president of the organisation Survie, the French government launched the French Parliamentary Commission on Rwanda.. The commission's report accused France of errors of judgement, including the development of "military cooperation against a background of ethnic tensions, massacres and violence," but it concluded that France did not bear direct responsibility for the genocide itself..In 2006, following a report by a French judge accusing the RPF of killing President Habyarimana, and the severing of relations between Rwanda and France, Rwanda launched its own inquiry into French involvement in the genocide.. This report, released in 2008, accused the French government of knowing of preparations for the genocide and helping to train the ethnic Hutu militia members; it accused 33 senior French military and political officials of involvement in the genocide, including then-President Francois Mitterrand, his Prime Minister Edouard Balladur, and Foreign Minister Alain Juppé.. Relations between the countries were restored in late 2009, but as of 2014, President Kagame continues to accuse France of a "direct role in the preparation of the genocide... are people so cruel?.. I think if people see this footage they'll say, "oh my God that's horrible," and then go on eating their dinners...

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