How the Rwandan Genocide Violates No torture
As well as a look into what the Genocide was
The genocide was carried out by teams of militias who were given lists of government opponents. With this, they went to kill these people along with their family members which lasted 100 days. There were nearly 1 million deaths, in the end, 80 percent of the countries population.
Through asking my peers, I have gathered that about 95% of them have never heard of the Rwandan Genocide. How could this be when the genocide occurred in 1994?
Why was this not more commonly known?
The media; especially news anchors, failed to publicize anything regarding these events until at least three weeks of violence had passed. The country was very isolated and didn’t receive the proper assistance or resources at the appropriate time either.
Once refugee camps were made available to those in danger it only did so much. Some were successful however a good number of them fell under the control of the Hutu militias. Also taking into account that most didn’t even make it to the camps.
There were three different groups that were a part of the genocide. In comparison to Rwanda’s population, 85% of the population is Hutu, the remaining is Tutsi with a small number of Twa. The conflict mainly stemmed from class warfare. This had a huge impact on an individual's values.
In the families affected directly by the genocide, there are very noticeable rates of PTSD, along with substantial depressive and anxiety symptoms. The country itself completely lost its infrastructure and violence was still occurring although it was as severe.
Violation of “No Torture”
This completely goes against the human right; No torture. This specifically states that “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”. There is no other way to describe the killings of the Rwandan peoples other than cold-hearted murders. The actions taken by the militias are far too gruesome to describe.
Although the Rwandan Genocide doesn’t have much attention, there are plenty of resources where you can further educate yourself on what really happened.
There are hundreds of articles talking about what happened but watching the documentary “Rwanda’s Untold Story”, is my top recommendation. I was able to watch and it gives you an actual look into what was going on, how people were affected and how the genocide tore the country apart.
- Read: The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda How race and civil war played a part in the genocide
- Read: “Background to Genocide: Rwanda”
- Read: Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda Showing the major events of the Rwandan Genocide