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UN report: Rwandan troops committed "genocide" against Hutus in Congo.
Most controversially the report states that if proven in a court of law some of the incidents “could be classified as crimes of genocide.”
The Rwandan government is outraged over the report, especially because Kagame’s moral authority rests on his reputation as the man who stopped the Rwandan genocide. The report is “immoral and unacceptable” according to Kagame's spokesman, Ben Rutsinga.
In a letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon written before the leak, Rwanda’s foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo threatened to withdraw its peacekeeping soldiers from the joint U.N. and African Union mission in Darfur if the report was published in its current form.
“It is patently absurd for the U.N., which deliberately turned its back on the Rwandan people during the 1994 genocide, to accuse the army that stopped the genocide of committing atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” she wrote in the letter obtained by GlobalPost.
Following Rwanda’s outcry, publication of the report had been delayed until next month.
“We have decided to give concerned states a further month to comment on the draft and I have offered to publish any such comments alongside the report itself on 1 October,” said Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Sources say the “genocide” allegations are expected to remain in the final report and although the Rwandan government will have its right to reply the damage might already have been done.
Recent presidential elections in Rwanda were widely criticised for the stifling of dissent, banning of newspapers and political parties and the mysterious murders that preceded the poll.
Kagame went on to win a landslide victory but his reputation took a knock. The leaked U.N. report is a still deeper scratch in Kagame’s carefully burnished image.