Saturday, August 28, 2010

Political cost of standing by Kagame mounts by the hour


More than one million Rwandans fled into DR Congo, then Zaire, in 1994.

The political cost of standing with Rwandan President Paul Kagame mounts by the hour.

Here's a partial list, as of 08.28.2010, of world press reporting the leaked UNHCHR report mapping atrocities committed in D.R. Congo, which points to crimes which might be labeled genocide against Rwandan Hutu refugees and Congolese Hutus, committed by Kagame's Rwandan Army between 1996 and 2003:



Very partial list of the many outlets publishing the AP report, but here are a few:

Associated Press, World Service:



The final version of the report has become a political contest.  The Globe and Mail reports that UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon has argued for revision that eliminates the allegations of genocide against Rwandan and Congolese Hutus by Kagame's Rwandan army, after Kagame threatened to remove Rwandan "peacekeepers" from Darfur and Haiti.




What will Obama do?


As the political costs of standing with Kagame mount, many wonder, “What will Obama do?” On Jan. 20, 2009, all eyes were on the Washington, D.C., and the inauguration of our first African American president, Barack Obama. But Africa watchers were transfixed by the horrifying news coming out of Eastern Congo, as the Rwandan Defense Force and Congolese armies, the CNDP militia and MONUC, the U.N. peacekeeping force, emerged as a coalition formed to finally hunt down the FDLR.


The Telegraph’s headline was Rwandan troops enter DR Congo to hunt Hutu militias.


Few Americans noticed, not only because it was Obama’s Inauguration Day, but also because few could sort out the acronyms: Rwandan Defense Force (RDF), Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo or Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), Congrès national pour la défense du peuple or National Congress for Defense of the People (CNDP) and MONUC (Mission de l’Organisation des Nations Unies en République démocratique du Congo or United Nations Organization Mission in Congo).

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