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7 Crim. L.F. 523 (1996)
Justice, Democracy, and Impunity in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Searching for Solutions to Impossible Problems

handle is hein.journals/crimlfm7 and id is 523 raw text is: Vol. 7 No. 3 (1996)

Justice, Democracy, and Impunity
in Post-genocide Rwanda:
Searching for Solutions
to Impossible Problems
William A. Schabas*
In the weeks following the assassination of Rwandan President Juvdnal
Habyarimana, somewhere between 500,000 and 1 million people were
massacred in a genocide directed against the country's Tutsi ethnic
minority as well as moderate Hutus.' Violence aimed at the Tutsis, who
are said to represent approximately 15 percent of Rwanda's population,
has been a recurring theme since decolonization, at the close of the
1950s. In the 1960s and early 1970s ethnic violence provoked the
departure of waves of Tutsis, many of whom established themselves in
Ugandan camps, while others emigrated to countries in Europe, North
Professor and Chair, Ddpartement des sciences juridiques, Universite du Quebec
h Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; B.A., University of Toronto 1972; M.A.,
University of Toronto 1973; LL.B., Universite de Montrdal 1983; LL.M., Universiti de
Montral 1990; LL.D., Universite de Montrial 1993.
1       Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Rwanda Submitted by Reni Degni-
Sigui, Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights, under Paragraph 20 of
Commission Resolution 5-3/1 of25 May 1994, at 24, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/1995/7 (1994).


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