Essay about The Government 's Failure Of The Genocide

1968 Words May 25th, 2016 8 Pages
The Government’s Failure to Facilitate Reconciliation in Post-Genocide Rwanda
After the genocide of 1994, Rwanda had strict ethnic divides between the Hutus, Tutsis, and Twa. Some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered, and the population was torn apart without much guidance to initiate the healing process. Despite implementing various legal and cultural efforts to help the country recover, the Rwandan government did not do enough to help said process; there are still societal divides and forced isolations left in the wake of the genocide.
The International Court Tribunal of Rwanda (ICTR) was inefficient and wasted both time and money in trying perpetrators of the genocide; its incompetence prolonged the freedom the criminals enjoyed while sowing dissent among the victimized populace who wished to move on from the genocide. According to the official website of the ICTR and the United Nations, “Since it opened in 1994, the Tribunal has indicted 93 individuals whom it considered responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in Rwanda in 1994.” The ICTR’s temporal inefficiency in convicting or incarcerating people was evident in the statistics: Less than a hundred perpetrators had been convicted in over two decades until it closed in 2015, while there were hundreds of thousands people awaiting trial. In addition, the ICTR was unsuccessful in terms of monetary efficiency, and was stricken with corruption and incompetence. Eugenia…

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