The Main Factors That Influenced The Rwandan Genocide

1924 Words Nov 6th, 2014 8 Pages
Genocide has the potential to occur in any society, however it commonly transpires under particular conditions. Gregory Stanton’s eight stages of genocide are designed to identify early warning signs and implement specific countermeasures to prevent genocide. The Rwandan genocide in 1994 was applicable to all stages of Gregory Stanton’s model however the model does not acknowledge and identify the underlying causes that triggered the initial stages of genocide. The key factors that influenced the Rwandan genocide were the intense civil war between the Tutsis and Hutus, political struggles to obtain State power and the pre-existing ethnical and racial classifications . Although all stages are relevant to the Rwandan genocide it is evident that Stanton fails to achieve a coherent and efficient explanation of warning signs that impact on timely preventative outcomes. Three of Stanton’s eight stages of genocide, namely, classification, organization and denial, indicate that they don’t cause sufficient alarm for prevention, are vague and superficial or lack adequate explanation for their contribution to the genocide.

Classification
All cultures have categories to distinguish people by ethnicity, race, religion or nationality. Classification is a primary method of dividing society, which as the potential to create power struggle between groups. Gregory Stanton considered classification to be the first sign of genocide. Rwanda was a bipolar society, predominantly majority…
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