By Gahiji Innocent, News of Rwanda. President Paul Kagame gave a rare interview to the Harvard International Review on the heels of a new investment deal with China and the establishment of sovereign fund that has raised some Rwf 15 billion in two weeks. But even with Chinese cash and investments pouring into Rwanda, Mr Kagame says the ultimate decision about the development of Africa remains with Africans. With regard to Rwanda, Kagame said: “No nation, even the ones who supported the genocide, owes us a favor…. I have said many times to our people, ‘Why should the taxpayers of another nation put food in our mouths and for how long?'”
By Linda Melvern, Liberation | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. A recently discovered United Nations list revealed that on the eve of the 1994 genocide the Rwandan army possessed French ground-to-air missiles that France was banned from exporting at that time. Belgian peacekeeper Yves Teyssier testified that the night before the April 6, 1994 attack he was blocked by Rwandan army from entering the Camp Kanombe area, and the next day he heard a UN colleague’s voice report on UN radio that two missiles were fired at president Habyarimana’s plane from the camp. (English|French)
By Staff, AFP via Raw Story. As Rwanda marked the 18th anniversary of a Tutsi massacre, President Paul Kagame accused Western countries of failing to apprehend genocide suspects on their territory. “As we remember those we lost, some of those who killed them are still moving freely in some capitals of the so-called free world.” – Paul Kagame. UPDATE: Arpil 18th, Uwikindi extradited to Rwanda; he is alleged to have led a group of killers to look for and exterminate Tutsi civilians. (English | French)
By Danilo Valladares, IPS. A Guatemalan court has ordered former dictator Efrain Rios Montt to stand trial for genocide and crimes against humanity. If convincted, he faces 30 years in prison. This should cover Montt, who is 85 years old. Hopefully this is only the start, and the members of the army who perpetrated the crimes will also be brought to justice. (English | Spanish)
By Edwin Musoni, The New Times. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has sentenced both Matthieu Ngirumpatse and Edouard Karemera, who were President and Vice-President of Mouvement Révolutionnaire Nationale pour le Développement (MRND) respectively, to life imprisonment for their roles in the 1994 Hutu Genocide against the Tutsi minority. Though this sentence is welcome, the court stands accused of double standards and inconsistencies.
David Cole, The Nation. Judge Baltasar Garzón has reliably insisted on accountability for human rights violations, invoking the principle of “universal jurisdiction” for especially egregious crimes. He faces several politically motivated criminal prosecutions for his decisions and has been suspended from his judicial post while the cases against him are pending.