The Rwandan Genocide Began On April 6Th 1994 Culminating

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The Rwandan Genocide began on April 6th 1994 culminating in the killing of an estimated 800,000 Hutus and their sympathizers. After it became apparent that the Rwandan government was not willing or able to protect it 's citizens, the question became why did the international community do nothing to intervene. Rwandan citizens’ lived under the premise, that their rights are protected under UN accords and treaties. The Genocide Convention of 1948, outlined the responsibilities of the participating countries under. However, the International community did not abide by the Convention. In Article 3 of the convention, it states that it is a punishable crime to commit genocide, plan or conspire to commit genocide, incite or cause other…show more content…
The UN 's lack of intervention, was based mainly on economics and conflict avoidance. The UNAMIR was an understaffed peacekeeping force which was ill-equipt intentionally, to keep costs low. With that in mind, the UN simply didn 't want the added expense of sending extra troops to Rwanda.[7] An example of this mindset was evident in the actions of the United States. After suffering recent losses in Somalia, the United States was not interested in being involved in another costly conflict.[8] However, as the atrocities in Rwanda escalated, the UN had no choice but to act. On May 17, 1994, the UN finally agreed on the deployment of 5,000 to Rwanda, but their departure was delayed due to arguments regarding who will pay for them.[9] The UN had a legal and moral obligation to intervene sooner. As a former colony, the presence of colonialism in a country, will impose values and rule of law onto the culture. Some would say, former colonizing nations have legal reparative obligations, to their former colony when the colony is in transition to Nationhood. There is an argument to be made as to the damage done to a culture by being colonized. Before German colonization of Rwanda, the Tutsi-Hutu were divided by socioeconomic class, not ethnicity.[10] The Tutsi reigned peacefully over the
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