The Culture ofImpunity andIts Impact onThe Execution ofthe1994 Genocide Against theTutsi In Rwanda


Donatien Nikuze

From the Social Revolution in 1959 until 1994, the Rwandan culture of impunity encouraged violence against the Tutsi population. This culture contributed to the environment that allowed for the execution of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Its eradication requires that all genocide perpetrators be tried to end mutual suspicion between Hutu and Tutsi. This paper draws on the testimonies of Genocide survivors, gathered through interviews, todemonstrate the historical development of the culture of impunity, which culminated in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The findings herein are of interest to both the public, which must be educated about the dangers of impunity, and legal scholars who study laws intended to prevent impunity


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