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Petition for an end to impunity for Rwanda genocide perpetrators and accomplices

The European Grassroots Antiracist Movement EGAM has launched a petition to end what they say is the impunity for genocide perpetrators and their accomplices in Rwanda.

EGAM was founded in November 2010 in Paris following racist attacks that took place in Rosarno, Southern Italy. Its main objective is to answer the rise in racism, antisemitism and populism in Europe and to structure civil society’s commitment to equality and justice.

The organisation says that several tens of Rwandan “key genocide perpetrators” live in Europe, particularly in France and that too often they live in total impunity, “without being troubled by justice”.

Over the course of the genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994, EGAM said they had not only plundered, tortured, raped and massacred, but also planned, recruited, taught and organised.

A number of them are subject to international arrest warrants or have already been convicted for genocide or complicity in genocide by the Rwandan justice system.

EGAM said that for more than 20 years, the Catholic Church, “which assisted in their absconding”, has been protecting several perpetrators.

“For more than twenty years, the majority of key genocide perpetrators have been living in France without being troubled by justice. They are not there by chance: it was the French army that exfiltrated and covered the escape of those who had just organised and perpetrated the extermination of more than one million Tutsis in 1994. This was one of the key moments of the policy of collaboration with the genocidal regime in Rwanda, which started before and continued throughout and after the genocide. This policy was led by politicians from both the right and the left, at that time placed at the highest levels of the French state apparatus,” the organisation said.

“The impunity that protects the key Rwandan genocide perpetrators and those who have collaborated with them is today the last obstacle to the full implementation of justice in this genocide. Our demand is simple: an end to impunity for genocide perpetrators and their accomplices.”

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