Rwanda and Genocide in the Twentieth Century by Alain Destexhe

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The horrific slaughter in Rwanda has once again driven home the deeply rooted existence and continuing presence of genocidal impulses. In this passionately argued volume-first published to great acclaim in France and considerably updated during the translation process-a deeply involved witness of the massacres takes an unflinching look at recent events in Rwanda and what they can tell us about the nature of genocide.

Table of Contents
Foreword
By William Shawcross
1. The Unlearned Lesson of History
2. Three Genocides in the Twentieth Century
3. The Hutu and the Tutsi
4. From Indifference to Compassion
5. Justice Must be Done
Appendix 1: Convention on the Prevention and the Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
Appendix 2: Chronology
Notes
Index

 

About Alain Destexhe

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Alain Destexhe is the former Secretary General of Doctors Without Borders (Medecins sans Frontieres).
 
Published August 20, 1995 by Pluto Press. 104 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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He then describes how colonial policies set Hutu against Tutsi, and states that the two peoples ``cannot really even be described as `ethnic groups' for they both speak the same language and respect the same traditions and taboos."" He also recounts how Hutu leaders, in response to economic strai...

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Rwanda and Genocide in the Twentieth Century by Alain Destexhe (New York University Press, 92 pp., $19.95), with an introduction by William Shawcross, is a short account of the definition of genocide and its applicability in the twentieth century.

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