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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1994
In your editorial, "Genocide and Genes" (May 8), you argue that genocide is a " 'natural' action" and that humans, like lower primates, "have a collective capacity for genocide." If this tendency is indeed a part of our genetic endowment, then its universality as a behavior should be present in all cultures. Clearly it is not. Granted, 17 genocides between 1950 and 1990 is horrific, but this ugly statistic does not prove that genes played any role in the course of these events.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1987 |
When George Apelian knocked at the door of the Turkish Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard on Friday, no one answered. He knocked again, rang the bell, and finally, pounded with his fist. "It's April 24," he said in frustration. "We are here again." For Armenians like Apelian, April 24 is the Day of Remembrance for the genocide of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks. Armenians say 1.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
October 19, 2007 |
A Rwandan accused of coordinating the massacre of as many as 25,000 people in one incident has been arrested in France, the United Nations said. Dominique Ntawukuriryayo was detained by French police in the southern town of Carcassonne this week and is to be transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, in the coming days.
March 1, 2010 |
Two and a half years after lawmakers fell short in their effort to pass a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide, sponsors of the long-debated measure are launching a new bid to bring the issue before the House. Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Valley Village), who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee and backs the resolution, plans to bring it before his panel Thursday. It will come before the House "only if the votes are there to pass it," Berman said. "Once we pass it out of committee, we're going to try to get those votes."
February 21, 2013 |
A year after her first trial ended without a verdict, a Rwandan-born woman was convicted by a second jury Thursday of lying about her role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide to gain entry to the United States. A judge immediately stripped 43-year-old Beatrice Munyenyezi of her citizenship, 10 years after she was granted it in the same Concord, N.H., courthouse where her two trials took place. Munyenyezi became the fourth member of her family to be convicted of crimes stemming from Rwanda's 1994 political turmoil and genocide, which left hundreds of thousands of people dead across the East African nation.
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.