France urged to stop protecting the ‘Interahamwe’

A French soldier is pictured overseeing a recruitment of the Interahamwe before the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
A French soldier is pictured overseeing a recruitment of the Interahamwe before the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

By Jessica A Badebye

The French government has been called upon to cease protecting FAR and Interahamwe militias living in the country. In a statement The London Evening Post is privy to, the president of the opposition Rwanda People’s Party (RPP) John V Karuranga, accused France of refusing to arrest and try the 20 French soldiers who were allegedly involved in the Rwandan genocide against the minority Tutsi.

He appealed to the international community to endorse laws relating to managing genocidal crimes and to hold those who engage in such acts accountable. Mr Karuranga observed that France being a wealthy European nation and a great superpower should not be excused from being held accountable for protecting suspected war criminals. He noted that Rwandans are looking forward to the day the implicated soldiers will stand trial in Rwanda or France. The party applauded the countries of Norway, Canada and the USA for fulfilling their legal obligation in apprehending and deporting suspects of the genocide to be tried in the country of the crime scene in Rwanda.

Joining Rwandans and friends of the nation to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi, The RPP statement added: “While the Catholic Church in Rwanda and the Vatican have both apologized and recognized the church’s role in the event, it is critical that the public never forgets about the atrocities that were brought upon. We are hoping that their apology will help cement the bridge for reconciliation between the church and Rwanda.” It called upon the international community to endorse laws relating to managing genocidal crimes and to hold those who engage in such acts accountable.

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