Rwanda: West’s ally Kagame accused of genocide

27 August 2010
De Standaard

, 27 August 2010

"Kagame accused of genocide", headlines De Standaard. Along with Le Monde, the Flemish daily has obtained a leaked copy of a UN report detailing atrocities committed by the army of current Rwandan president Paul Kagame and the rebel forces of Laurent Kabila, the assassinated president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, between 1998 and 2003 in the Great Lakes region (including parts of Burundi, the DRC and Rwanda). According to the report, "the allegations, once they are examined by a competent court, could indeed lead to formal charges of genocide". The paper also notes that the recently re-elected Kagame "exerted tremendous pressure on the UN to keep the word 'genocide' out" of the text of the final version of the report, slated to be released in September.