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contribution 18 - NSENGIMANA Nkiko

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RPF prosecution - Reconciliation

Nkiko NSENGIMANA

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Thank you, indeed. I would like to dwell on three small quick points.

Mr. Schabas mentioned 25,000 deaths, killed by the RPF, and to him those were statistics and without importance regarding other deaths. Srebrenica was much less, yet it is a genocide.

I would also like to say that the figure is not 25,000 fatalities. I know much more. A specific testimony, as a matter of fact, I was a stakeholder or a player in the Rwandan society, and I was lucky to be witness to some events. After the conclusion of the agreements on the 4th of August 1993, there were a million refugees from Byumba, and most of them had come from Ruhengeri. They were at the doorstep of Kigali, and there were a million refugees as the RPF put them into this situation in February 1993. When the peace accords were signed, I went to see some organizations like the International Red Cross and UNICEF, and we felt the peace agreements have been signed, so people have to go back home. And there was a zone under RPF control, and there was a buffer zone where people walked in and out. And then you had the government controlled zone.

What I would like to say is that I took part in the effort to move 150,000 persons from refugee camps to the zone under RPF control. Let me tell you, I did the recording subsequently, compared them with the government statistics as to who was in Byumba. I checked against the statistics in the refugee camps. Mr. Schabas, in my calculation, I have a missing figure of 100,000 people that I took there myself. It is not 25,000 people. And I can give you even more examples, but that’s not the point.

My second point is that the ICTR is like a doctor who is treating two fatal diseases but which are not of the same emergencies. For instance, you have a heart attack of a patient. And if treatment is not administered, the patient may die in a short while. And you treat this patient. I would like to thank that doctor for saving that patient from his heart attack. But this same patient is suffering from liver cancer, and it is getting into a terminal stage. And I tell the doctor, "You need to cure that liver cancer, because if you don’t do it, that patient whom you treated for a heart attack will not survive."

I have read German history, but all I want to say is the Jews were not fighting the Nazis.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Vincent CHETAIL

Thank you. A last word from Mrs. Professor Yvonne Flour.