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Catholic Church Finally Apologizes For Its Role In The Rwandan Genocide

AFRICANGLOBE - The Rwanda Catholic Church Sunday apologised for its priests’ role in the 1994 Genocide against Tutsis, which killed close to one million people. The apology contained in a statement signed by nine Catholic Bishops who constitute the Episcopal Council was read after mass on Sunday. Thousands had been killed inside churches and church compounds where they had sought refuge. Shortly after the genocide, a report by the Organisation of African Unity, now the African Union, described the Church in Rwanda as carrying a “heavy responsibility” for failing to oppose, and even promoting ethnic discrimination. Since 1996, several clergy members of the Church have been convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity by Rwandan courts.

Rwanda To Investigate French Officers Who Facilitated The 1994 Genocide

AFRICANGLOBE - Rwanda plans to ask French authorities to allow Kigali investigators to interrogate senior French officers and politicians in connection with the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi minority. Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said Kigali is no longer interested in mending relations with its former European ally and will not tolerate what she described as “judicial harassment” from France.

Rwanda Links 22 French Army Officers To 1994 Genocide

AFRICANGLOBE - The Rwandan government has released a list of 22 former and serving French army officials that Kigali said played a role in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi that left close to 1 million people murdered. Topping off the list released Monday is "General ¨[sic, Adm.] Jacques Lanxade, former chief of French Defense Forces at the time of the genocide, who is accused of providing arms to the Rwandan army at the time, even with knowledge that massacres against Tutsi were organized by the armed forces.

Huge Emotion At Rwanda Genocide Commemoration Ceremony

AFRICANGLOBE - Screams and wails punctured the crowd at Rwanda's Amahoro stadium here in Kigali on Monday as people were overcome with grief while listening to a survivor of the 1994 genocide tell his story.

Paul Kagame Accuses France Of ‘Participating’ In Rwandan Genocide

AFRICANGLOBE - In 2008, a report by Rwanda's MUCYO commission of inquiry concluded that France had trained the militias that carried out killings and French troops had taken part in massacres. It accused 13 politicians and 20 officers by name.