Rwanda Genocide: French Role in Slaughter under Investigation
Did French troops facilitate the 1994 slaughter of some 800,000 in Rwanda? A military tribunal is currently addressing accusations that they did.
Romain Ngoga, 17, stands outside a church where the skulls and bones of some of those killed in the genocide are stored.
France denies having any role in the atrocities, but they have set up a military tribunal last year that is currently investigating accusations by six Tutsis that French troops were complicit in the genocide. Last year, a former French soldier claimed that French troops had trained Rwanda militia during the two years prior to the genocide.
The panel will hear testimonies from 25 people, including Rwandans who lived in areas within the French buffer zone -- Operation Turquoise -- during the height of the 1994 genocide and claim to have witnessed French soldiers facilitating the massacre. "This is an important inquiry that should be witnessed by everyone interested in this important episode in history," Mr. Mucyo was quoted by AFP.
After hearing the testimony, the panel will have the next six months to determine whether claims should be filed against the French with the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
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