The role of France in the Rwandan genocide

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Hurst & Co., 2007 - History - 330 pages
'Kroslak has done a superb job looking systematically and analytically at the French responsibility in the Rwanda Genocide.... And provides the best analysis I have read on the motivations behind Operation Turquoise.... also provides key insights about the French policies at the UN HQ in New York and during the Arusha negotiations.... This book goes much further than just showing the disaster of French policy and proving French responsibility. It presents a fundamental set of questions regarding international responsibility and action against mass murder which are still relevant twelve years after. It is not an anti-French diatribe, and that's why it is so strong. It is balanced and also highlights in conclusion the contradictions and inadequacies of American and British post-genocide policies.' - Francois Grignon After the Holocaust, the victorious Allies pledged 'Never Again' to genocide. This promise, enshrined in the UN Convention on Genocide, stipulates a responsibility to try to prevent genocide or mitigate the suffering of its victims in the future. Diana Kroslak analyses what this responsibility might entail by asking whether external actors, such as the French Government, can be held responsible for not preventing or not suppressing genocide in Rwanda. How can such responsibility be evaluated? Why, almost fifty years after the Genocide Convention, did the outside world remain passive while Hutu extremists perpetrated genocide against the Tutsi minority and Hutu moderates? Her book explores the historical and contextual background of the Rwandan genocide and French involvement in Africa, and then elaborates three key themes: the extent of the French government's knowledge of the preparation of the genocide and its awareness of the scale of the potential disaster; the degree of involvement by French authorities before and during the genocide; and the level of French diplomatic and military capability to halt or suppress both the preparations for genocide and the genocide itself. She concludes by drawing the reader's attention to the fact that the 'Never Again' pledge also encompasses responsible policies towards a post-genocidal regime which might use the guilt of previously passive external actors to defend its own atrocities, such as Rwanda's campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Contents

a historical background
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The complexity of French policy in Africa
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what the French knew
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