Failure of the International Community? Dominique MaritzApr 7views This content was written by a student and assessed as part of a university degree. In mid, overTutsi and moderate Hutu were killed in the Rwandan genocide Destexhe The international community utterly failed to prevent and stop this atrocity.
There are numerous interconnected and complex factors that led to international inaction, such as a misguided view of African conflicts, the bureaucratic nature of the United Nations and peacekeeping fatigue in general.
However, this essay will focus on three reasons that the authors deem to be the most important ones: Second, inaction was due to national interest: France, which had national interests at stake, did not try to save Rwandan lives, but actively contributed to the genocide.
My argument develops as follows. The major actors  — Belgium, the UN Secretariat, the US and France — knew that there was genocide underway in Rwanda; therefore, they had an obligation to prevent and stop the genocide but lacked political will. Each actor will be assessed individually. Following this analysis, I will show that the three factors mentioned above led to inaction at the level of the Security Council, where member states focused on the ongoing civil war rather than discussing the genocide, which would have forced them to act under the Genocide Convention.
Finally, it will be shown that this international failure had horrific consequences for the United Nations Assistance Mission For Rwanda UNAMIRwhich, with neither a robust mandate nor adequate resources, became an eyewitness to the genocide.
Belgium, as the former colonial master of Rwanda, had a deep political connection with that country. There were further reasons for Belgian involvement in the mission. After the Cold War, Belgium needed a rationale for keeping a large and well-equipped national army; in order to preserve its status, Belgium tried to present itself as the African peacekeeping specialist African Rights Early on, Belgium knew of the ethnic and political killings so it began to argue for a stronger UNAMIR mandate, but no other state was interested in supporting the mission Des Forges After the debacle with the dead Belgian peacekeepers, the only time the country showed any interest in Rwanda was when Belgian, French and US soldiers came to rescue expats between April 7 and 10 Melvern The quick and effective rescue mission of foreigners demonstrated what would have been possible had the international community been serious about stopping the genocide PBS Belgium knew about the nature of the killings and had the capacity to prevent and stop the genocide.
The Secretariat and the Secretary General, however, have come under considerable criticism for failing to pass on information before and during the Rwandan genocide Barnett As a result, non-permanent members in the Security Council, who rely on the Secretariat for information, did not come to see the killings as genocide OAU The Department of Peacekeeping Operations DPKO only counted a few hundred over-worked staff, who were responsible for 17 missions and over 70, peacekeepers Boutros-Ghali With large and complex missions in Bosnia and Somalia, Rwanda assumed a low status Wheeler UN staff were determined to avoid another peacekeeping failure, due to concerns that this could mean the end of UN peacekeeping Des Forges The United States is often blamed as being most responsible for inaction in Rwanda.
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Ghosts of Rwanda Reflection Does the Genocide in Rwanda have a singular cause? I do not believe so; the cause of genocide in Rwanda in was due to years of built up hatred between the Tutsis and the Hutus along with many other occurrences. The Rwandan Genocide is no exception with many variables contributing to the horrific events that took place.
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