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Arming Rwanda: The Arms Trade and Human Rights Abuses in the Rwandan War
Arming Rwanda: The Arms Trade and Human Rights Abuses in the Rwandan War
By Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch Arms Project, 1994, 64 pp
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Ethnic civil war in Rwanda 30 years ago created a large diaspora of exiles opposed to the Kigali regime. In late 1990 an armed exile force invaded Rwanda from Uganda and was repulsed, but continued intermittently to harass civilians in the north of the country and engage the Rwandan army and self-defense militias until a tenuous peace agreement was signed in mid-1993. This report by the Arms Project of Human Rights Watch argues that flagrant human rights violations were committed by both sides during this war, and that countries that provided weapons to the combatants -- principally Egypt, France, South Africa and Uganda -- should not have done so, and should now stop doing so, given that the proclivity of both sides to abuse civilians and violate the laws of war are well known.