Rwanda opens probe into role of French officials in genocide

Rwanda opens probe into role of French officials in genocide

Rwanda on Tuesday opened a formal probe into 20 French officials suspected of playing a role in the 1994 genocide which left some 800,000 dead, the prosecutor general said. “The inquiry, for now, is focused on 20 individuals whom, according to information gathered so far, are required by the prosecution authority to explain or provide […]

Risk of ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ in Burundi, UN investigators warn

Risk of ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ in Burundi, UN investigators warn

Burundi’s government is behind systematic human rights violations, including executions and torture, UN investigators said Tuesday, warning of possible crimes against humanity and the looming risk of “genocide”. Three experts commissioned by the UN human rights office recommend the establishment of a commission of inquiry after examining abuses over 14 months through June 30. Violence […]

Pope denounces 1915 ‘genocide’ during visit to Armenian memorial

Pope denounces 1915 ‘genocide’ during visit to Armenian memorial

A sombre Pope Francis, “with pain in my heart,” paid tribute on Saturday to the 1.5 million Armenians massacred in 1915, an event that he has labelled a genocide, risking Turkey’s ire. Francis, on the second day of his trip to Armenia, made an early morning stop at the Tzitzernakaberd, the “Genocide Memorial and Museum,” […]

The difference between Germany and Turkey is admitting to genocide

The difference between Germany and Turkey is admitting to genocide

    AS German Green Party co-chair Cem Ozdemir put it, there is “never a favourable time to speak about something as dreadful as genocide”. True. But there can still be counterproductive times. On June 2, the German parliament officially recognised the Armenian genocide. In other circumstances, this might have been a healthy development: Germany, […]