Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Should Kagame's RPF face justice?

yesterday Marcia Luyten wrote an article in a leading Dutch newspaper in which she writes that "France and the Tutsi have to face justice in Rwanda too". She obviously writes this in a reply to the open letter by 70 African scolars that was published June 1st:
"More than 70 scholars and human rights advocates issued a joint letter today calling on the United Nations Secretary General, the US President, and the UK Prime Minister to ensure that the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) fulfils its mandate by prosecuting soldiers of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) who committed crimes against humanity and war crimes in Rwanda in 1994."

To which Jeroen Corduwener, a Dutch journalist living in Rwanda, responded that justice should not be a goal and that stability of the region is at stake if RPF crimes are investigated.

Both agree on the fact that the RPF has committed crimes. That is what I learn from these two journalists. A year ago a respected newspaper in The Netherlands would never have written such stuff. Apparently Paul Kagame is now considered by mainstream media to be the mass murderer that many fringe journalists online have been claiming for years.

The question wether the RPF should face justice and how is apparently now the subject of debate. Paul Rusesabagina and Robert Krueger have been thinking about this subject too. They have proposed the South African model of "Justice and reconciliation". That model has been advocated, correct me if I am wrong, by the main opposition leader of Rwanda, Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, who lives in The Netherlands as well.

I am looking forward to hearing her point of view on this.

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