April 10, 2004
Samantha Power ("Remember the Blood Frenzy of Rwanda," Opinion, April 4) and many other commentators who address this tragedy seem to spend all their time blaming the U.S. and analyzing what went wrong in the State Department. Please, not one person in the U.S. took up a machete. After what our country had just gone through in Somalia, how can anyone blame the government for a failure to act in Rwanda? The State Department had been warned for years that something "might" happen in Rwanda, and by the time the killing started in earnest and the scope of it was understood, it is not at all clear that the U.S. could have done anything to stop it, even if the powers that be had had the information necessary to make such a decision.
December 20, 2012 |
A former Rwandan minister was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in jail for crimes tied to the nation's brutal genocide, including handing out machetes to a Hutu militia and spurring them to kill Tutsis. Witnesses described Augustin Ngirabatware as being tantamount to a god in the stretches of Rwanda where he exhorted members of a Hutu militia to wipe out Tutsis, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda said in its judgment. He was Rwanda's planning minister during the 1994 genocide, when hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and sympathetic Hutus were slain.
February 10, 2013 |
GUATEMALA CITY - When a judge ruled to admit all the prosecution documents and expert witnesses in the genocide trial here of Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt last week - ensuring that Guatemala will be the first country in history to try one of its own heads of state for the most egregious crime against humanity - no triumphal smiles crossed the faces of courtroom observers. Some had been working toward this moment for years: two elderly women who between them lost a brother and a son among the 200,000 dead and disappeared over 36 years of guerrilla warfare and military dictatorship; indigenous Maya survivors from the highlands, where the army by its own account erased entire villages; those who spent their young adulthood in exile, then returned before it was safe to do so, throwing themselves into the tedious labor of collecting the evidence now being used against the general.
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April 26, 2010 |
There will come a day, some said, when Armenians won't need to take to the streets in protest, and they will simply honor slain ancestors with peaceful lament. But that day didn't appear any closer Saturday, as Armenians gathered worldwide to commemorate the Armenian genocide of 1915, which claimed the lives of about 1.2 million Armenians under Ottoman-ruled Turkey. In Yerevan, Armenia's capital, hundreds of thousands laid flowers at a monument to the victims, while across Southern California, Armenian families marched, prayed and paused to remember lost great-grandparents, great-grand-uncles and great-grand-aunts —loved ones who were deported, starved, arrested and executed almost 100 years ago. The Turkish government does not recognize the genocide, and a long-debated resolution that would call for the United States to officially acknowledge the killings faces opposition in Congress.
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April 13, 2013 |
A charity walk to raise money and awareness for survivors of genocide around the world will take place Sunday in the Fairfax district. The seventh annual Walk to End Genocide will start at Pan Pacific Park in the 7600 block of Beverly Boulevard. Events start at 9 a.m. and will end by 2 p.m. The walk is being sponsored by Jewish World Watch. The walk is a 5K (just over 3 miles) around the park on paved surfaces. Registration fees are $12 for students and $20 for adults. Money raised from the event goes toward helping survivors of genocide and mass atrocities rebuild their lives through various relief projects, which can include everything from education to medical aid. The people of the Sudan and Congo are among the beneficiaries. The walk will be followed by a Global Village fair that will include food and craft booths, music and performances by spoken-word artists.
March 6, 2004 |
A Rwandan court sentenced nine people to death and one to life imprisonment in the killing of a survivor who was due to testify about their role in the country's 1994 genocide, officials said. The court ruled that the defendants were guilty of killing Emile Ntahimana last year in the province of Gikongoro. Prosecutors said Ntahimana was among four genocide survivors who were later killed to stop them from giving evidence. Extremist Hutus killed about 800,000 people in the genocide.
July 23, 2004 |
The House unanimously passed a resolution declaring that genocide was occurring in Sudan's Darfur region, where Arab militias are accused of attacking black Africans. Resolution backers hope to pressure the United Nations to take action. The measure urges President Bush to seek U.N. sanctions, a multinational force and an investigative body. The Senate has not acted.
August 10, 2004 |
The European Union said it had found no evidence of genocide in the Sudanese region of Darfur, although it said killing was widespread, with little evidence of government efforts to protect civilians. The conclusion of a fact-finding mission put the EU at odds with the U.S. Congress, which has leveled accusations of genocide at Sudan over a campaign of looting and burning by Arab militiamen against village farmers. Sudan says the militiamen are outlaws and denies charges of arming them.
December 24, 1996
Rwandan authorities have arrested at least 500 Hutu refugees accused of genocide among the 340,000 who have returned from Tanzania this month, U.N. officials said. Anne Willem Bijleveld, an official with the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said the refugees were arrested in northeastern Rwanda in connection with the 1994 genocide of about 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. A Hutu refugee lobby group said the returnees were being arrested on the basis of false testimony.
January 8, 2003 |
Rwandan President Paul Kagame issued a decree releasing up to 40,000 inmates, including thousands of genocide suspects. The move has enraged survivors of the bloodshed, which claimed the lives of more than 800,000 people in 1994. The decree, which does not cover the leaders of the genocide, is meant to reduce the number of prisoners in jail.