STOP Campaigns of Disinformation at the UN, Bring Justice to Rwanda!
The current exhibit on Rwanda at UN Headquarters is dominated by ludicrously unreasonable insinuations that all but blame the Catholic Church for the genocide. This, in spite of the fact, that the President of Rwanda denounced “the direct role of Belgium and France in the political preparation of the genocide and the participation of the latter in its very execution,” as it has done so, continuously, for the last 20 years.
The exhibit does not name the governments of Belgium and France as those responsible for paving the way to the killings and heinous abuse that occured by way of the former’s neocolonialist policies and the latter's direct participation in training and arming those who carried it out the genocide….
The exhibit does not clarify who was behind the unleashing of an unspeakably racist and misogynist violence against a population that is predominately Catholic, violence which lead to the gruesome deaths of 1 million innocent men, women, children, and babies, and the systematic rape of more than 500,000 women of color, 70% of them contracting HIV (part of the plan)...
Instead, the text of the UN display accuses Belgium, but principally, the Holy See.
-There are also a vast number of discrepancies concerning the text, content, and attribution of the current exhibit on display on the premises of the UN Headquarters.
To begin with, the organizers of the current exhibit at the UN are listed on the webpage unexhibitsny.org/visit-listen-witness-become-witness as follows: Kwibuka, The government of Rwanda, the Kigali Memorial Center, and the Aegis Trust. There is however, no mention of the current exhibit on: Kwibuka20 (www.kwibuka.rw); Rwanda Government (www.gov.rw); Kigali Memorial (www.kigaligenocidememorial.org/old/centre/); Aegis Trust (www.aegistrust.org.)
In the description of the UN New York Exhibits link the following assertion is also made: “Endorsed by the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations.” But there is no mention of the exhibit on the New York page of the Permanent Mission of Rwanda (www.rwandaun.org/site/ ) at the UN either.
Nor does the website of the Outreach Programme on the Rwanda Genocide at the United Nations list the current exhibit. Instead, it lists another 2007 event—by the Aegis Trust of UK—of a very different nature and purpose, namely: to educate the public, examine what went wrong concerning UN inaction in Rwanda, to promote reconciliation, and understand what should be done to avoid such horrendous tragedies in the future.
-With the closure of the General Assembly Building of the United Nations for renovations in May of last year, exhibits moved to a temporary visitor center located in the Dag Hammarsköld library building.
At an undisclosed date between late March and May of this year, it was rendered impossible to see the exhibit by walking directly from one side of the UN premises to the other, except through emergency exits and back UN building corridors open to authorized personnel only.
The Tribunal in Paris, France has repeatedly called for the declassification of French secret intelligence reports dating from its military presence in Rwanda in the 1990s and its requests have been repeatedly denied.
Florence Michon was the investigating judge at the military tribunal in Paris in charge of the judicial inquiry opened in 2010 “against X for complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity, complicity and conspiracy to commit genocide pointing mainly to the involvement of the French army during the events in Rwanda in 1994.” Several human rights organizations within France, namely Association Survie, Fédération internationale des droits de l’homme, and La ligue des droits de l’homme, have worked tirelessly to bring justice to the victims of the French orchestrated massacre in Rwanda—as have many writers, activists, and investigative reporters inside and outside of the country.
After all is said and done, the current Rwanda exhibit at the UN does not reflect a genuine interest in understanding and preventing Rwanda-esque tragedies—like it does not respect the human dignity of any of those who have lost their family members, lost their parents, lost their limbs, lost their innocence, have been infected with a deadly virus, have been emotionally or physically scarred, or those who have died.
[The previous contains excerpts from an investigative report by IHSV, courtesy of the author.]
For more information…
http://survie.org/billets-d-afrique/2014/235-mai-2014/article/genocide-des-tutsi-du-rwanda-l-4718 (In French - May 26, 2014)
http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/monde/20140207.OBS5581/rwanda-une-barbouze-francaise-au-c-ur-du-genocide.html (In French -February 2, 2014)
http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N99/395/47/IMG/N9939547.pdf?O... (Independent inquiry into the actions of the United Nations during the genocide.)
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