PARIS, 7 April 2021 – France is providing the public access to key archives relating to the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, covering the four years to its start 27 years ago.
French authorities had hitherto resisted requests and accusations alleging French complicity in the mass slaughter over a 100-day period of an estimated one million mostly Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
A commission of historians – who were given prior access to the archives last March – handed over a report on their findings last month to French President Emmanuel Macron in which they described France’s role during the killings as a “monumental failure”.
The report accused French authorities of being “blind” to the preparations by Hutu extremists leading up to genocide.
The documents released include the archives of former President François Mitterrand and former Prime Minister Edouard Balladur.
Rwanda welcomed the report, indicating that the findings of another report commissioned separately by Kigali and expected to be made public soon will complement and complete information on the genocide.
On Wednesday, the Kwibuka story debuted on Spotify, hosted by Jean-Damascène Bizimana, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG).
The Kwibuka Podcast “thoroughly documents the preparation and execution of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda,” a statement published on Spotify reads in part.
The podcast launched and the French granted access to the public on the same day Rwanda is kicking off week-long activities to commemorate the 27th anniversary and honor the memory of over a million victims of the genocide.