A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide

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Zed Books, 2000 - History - 272 pages
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In 1994 up to one million people were killed in Rwanda in a deliberate, public and political campaign. For five years, Linda Melvern has worked on the story of this great crime, and this book, a classic piece of investigative journalism, is the result. The new and startling information this book contains has the making of an international scandal. Melvern reveals how the great powers failed to heed the warnings of the coming catastrophe, andrefused to recognize the genocide when it began, ignoring obligations under international law, specifically the genocide convention. A set of secret documents leaked to the author from within the Security Council proves that the circumstances of the genocide were suppressed or ignored.

  

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Highly interesting and well researched, can be a dense read so if you are looking for a basic summary of events this is not the book for you. Read full review

Contents

Genocide April 1994
1
The Past is Prologue Rwanda 18941973
7
The Involvement of France Egypt and Uganda
24
Akazu The Oligarchy Ruling Rwanda
39
Peace in Rwanda? The Arusha Accords
52
Preparing the Genocide
61
The Hate Radio RadioTelevision Libre des Mille Collines
70
The New World Order and High Hopes for a UN Success
74
The Secret Meetings of the Security Council
152
Genocide Spreads
168
The World Shuts the Door
186
For Valour
210
Starting from Zero 18 July 1994
222
The Genocide Convention
227
Chronology
239
Background to the Genocide Convention
249

Peacekeepers the UN Arrives
82
Peacekeepers in Trouble FebruaryApril 1994
99
The UN Security Council 5 April 1994
111
Four Days in Kigali 69 April 1994
115
The Genocide Exposed
137
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide 1948
251
Sources
256
Index
265
Copyright

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Linda Melvernis an investigative journalist and writer.

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