Rethinking Political Violence

Rwanda 1994

The Myth of the Akazu Genocide Conspiracy and its Consequences

Authors: Collins, B.

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Through a rigorous critique of the dominant narrative of the Rwandan genocide, Collins provides an alternative argument to the debate situating the killings within a historically-specific context and drawing out a dynamic interplay between national and international actors.

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'Should we let the contextual facts get in the way of a powerful universal morality tale ofgenocide and intervention? Collins is brave enough to think that we should. He makes a compelling case that moral certainties make for poor and reductionist historical, political and legal judgements. This book is going to disturb and unsettle anyone who thinks that genocide is an abstract concept: 'simply' a crime made 'to order' by criminal masterminds and their docile subjects. This is a meticulous study of the genocide which at the same time treats the people of Rwanda with the dignity and respect they deserve.' David Chandler, Professor of International Relations, University of Westminster, UK

'The standard account of the Rwandan 'genocide' of 1994 rests on a conspiracy theory. As Collins demonstrates in his book, the evidence supporting the theory is no better than the evidence refuting it. The United Nations, through its creation of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, has inadvertently lent its weight to the standard account. Why would

a UN Tribunal endorse a myth? No further conspiracy theory is required to explain the ICTR's blinkered view of events in the 1994 Rwandan war. The ICTR fell into the rut of victor's justice, only ever prosecuting the losing side in the 1994 war. The winning side, which since that year has ruled Rwanda, was left alone. Almost twenty years after its establishment the Tribunal is still in the same rut. The lesson for international justice surely is that atrocities should be prosecuted with an open mind and without compromise.' Dr Alexander Zahar, former legal officer at the ICTR and ICTY and co-author of 'International Criminal Law: A Critical Introduction' (2008)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rwanda 1994
Book Subtitle
The Myth of the Akazu Genocide Conspiracy and its Consequences
Authors
Series Title
Rethinking Political Violence
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-02232-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137022325
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-02231-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 272
Topics