The government has released a report by Washington law firm Cunningham Levy Muse LLP documenting the role and knowledge of French officials in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis.
The report, which has been shared with the Government of France, is part of wider efforts by Rwanda, announced in November 2016, to thoroughly investigate the responsibility of French officials in respect of the Genocide.
The Muse Report, which is based solely on information available in public records, indicates there is evidence to substantiate allegations of foreign involvement in the Genocide, including that of French officials. The report also identifies evidence suggesting the accountability process has been, and continues to be, undermined by French actors.
The Muse Report finds that:
Rwanda has accepted the Muse Report recommendation that these facts merit a full investigation into responsibility of French officials in the Genocide against the Tutsi.
“Historical clarity is crucial and concerns us all. The Government of Rwanda commissioned the Muse Report to inform our ongoing investigation into the role of French officials before, during, and after the Genocide,” said Foreign AffairsMinister Louise Mushikiwabo. “The Muse Report exposes a damning summary of conduct by French officials in Rwanda during the 1990s and thereafter, and we agree with the report recommendation that a full investigation into the role of French officials in the Genocide is warranted.”
“We have transmitted the Muse Report to the Government of France, which has responsibilities to face. This is also an opportunity for French authorities to collaborate better with Rwanda in the pursuit of truth, justice and accountability regarding the Genocide against the Tutsi,” she added.
“The purpose of the report is not to reach final conclusions or judgments, and now a full investigation into these matters should be conducted,” observed Bob Muse, a partner at Cunningham Levy Muse LLP. “Any investigation into this matter should not only evaluate what occurred in the 1990s but also what has happened since then, including the extent of France’s cooperation with Rwanda’s ongoing investigation.”