Hundreds of Rwandans Protest Genocide Verdict
They accuse UN court of going easy on alleged mass killers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 11, 2013 2:21 PM CST
Genocide survivors, youths, and students march towards the offices of the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda (ICTR), in Kigali, Rwanda, Feb. 11, 2013.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Hundreds of Rwandans marched today on the offices of the United Nations tribunal set up to try key cases related to Rwanda's 1994 genocide, to protest the court's decision to acquit two former cabinet ministers accused of masterminding killings. The protesters, bearing placards denouncing the Arusha, Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda (ICTR), mainly constituted of survivors of the genocide, youths, and students who accused the tribunal of denying justice to genocide victims.

One typical banner read: "The international community failed in their response to protect the Tutsi from being killed and now it is failing to provide justice to survivors." More than 500,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed during Rwanda's 1994 genocide. The genocide tribunal has been trying leaders of the killings for several years.

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Feb 21, 2013 5:15 AM CST
You all make interesting points on this subject, and I am currently working in a group of five studying history at university and for our project we are producing a conference paper, on the Rwandan genocide and the involvement of the UN and NGO's. So if you would like to join in discussions with this it would allow us to gain a variety of views and possibly different points we might not have thought of previously. You can use our blog at or on our twitter account, @UNinRwanda
Feb 12, 2013 10:33 AM CST
During the genocide, the West did nothing to help, and the French sent some troops to aid the murderous Hutus. Worse, when the Hutus lost and fled to neighboring Zaire (now Congo), they were allowed to regroup and continue their horrors thanks to aid provided by international NGOs - non-governmental organizations AND religious charities. International aid is often no help, and in this case, harmful. International courts are a political farce, even the Nuremberg Trials that pretended that the Polish officers killed at Katyn were murdered by the Nazis, when in reality they were murdered by Stalin's Communists. But Stalin's men were on the jury at Nuremberg. Who is on the jury of the international community now? And never expect a fair verdict from the international community on Israel, either. The present government in Ruanda, like that in Israel, should ignore the lies that come from the "international community" and its hangers on.
Feb 11, 2013 10:09 PM CST
Do you suppose this case of genocide is a good reason for the American peeps to never give up their God given unalienable right to KEEP AND BEAR ARMS? I sure do!