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Genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda: justice dismisses the case for the French forces

According to information reported on September 7 by AFP, the investigation into the inaction of the French army during the massacres of Bisesero, at the end of June 1994, ended in a general dismissal, pronounced by judges of instruction in Paris.

In this case, the army and France were accused by several associations of “complicity in genocide” for having, according to the complainants, knowingly abandoned for three days the Tutsi civilians who had taken refuge in the hills of Bisesero, in the west of the country, allowing the massacre of hundreds of them to take place by the genocidaires, from June 27 to 30, 1994.

A non-place required in 2021 by the Paris prosecutor’s office

Already in May 2021, the Paris prosecutor’s office had requested the general dismissal. In a press release, the Paris prosecutor Rémy Heitz explained that the Paris prosecutor’s office had established “no aid or assistance from the French military forces during the commission of abuses, no adhesion of the latter to the criminal project pursued by the genocidal forces nor any failure to intervene in respect of crimes constituting genocide or crimes against humanity under a prior agreement.”

Since 2005, the associations Survie, Ibuka, Fidh and six survivors of Bisesero have accused the Turquoise force, deployed in Rwanda under a UN mandate to put an end to the massacres, of having knowingly abandoned hundreds of Tutsi refugees to the genocidaires for three days. in the hills of Bisesero, in the west of the country. According to the UN, the massacres caused more than 800,000 deaths between April and July 1994, mainly within the Tutsi minority.

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