Paul Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) has been in power since the genocide ended[/caption]
An inquiry in Rwanda has recommended that the government initiate criminal and civil proceedings against the BBC over a documentary which questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide.Inquiry head Martin Ngoga found that the documentary failed to meet the BBC’s own editorial standards. The BBC says it is “extremely disappointed” by the findings. Rwanda suspended broadcasts by the BBC’s Kinyarwanda language service after the TV documentary was aired. “We stand by our right to produce the independent journalism which has made us the world’s most trusted news source,” the BBC said in a statement. It said the programme was still going through its editorial complaints process. “This process has not yet concluded but the provisional findings are that the documentary does not breach the BBC’s editorial standards,” the BBC said. At least 800,000 people died in the genocide over a 100-day period in 1994. Those killed are generally believed to be mostly members of the minority ethnic Tutsi group, and Hutus opposed to the mass slaughter. The BBC programme Rwanda, The Untold Story, included interviews with US-based researchers who say most of those killed may have been Hutus, killed by members of the then-rebel Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which has been in power since 1994. The programme also included interviews with former aides of RPF leader President Paul Kagame, accusing him of plotting to shoot down the presidential plane – the act seen as triggering the slaughter. He has strenuously denied previous such accusations.
- 6 April 1994: President Juvenal Habyarimana is killed when his plane was shot down on returning from peace talks with Tutsi RPF rebels
- 7 April: It is not clear who is behind the shooting but it sparks the systematic mass killing of mainly Tutsis by extremist Hutu militia and military elements
- April-July: An estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus are slaughtered
- RPF denies accusations they killed thousands of Hutus as they marched through the country
- July: RPF captures the capital, Kigali
- July: Two million Hutus flee to Zaire, now DR Congo