The UN has refused to eat humble pie. The rest of the world confirms what befell Rwanda in 1994 was an unquestionable genocide committed against the Tutsi.
It was planned and executed and the UN is still haunted by its failure to intervene, despite having been well-briefed prior.
All UN General Secretaries since then have come to admit and accept that the UN failed humanity.
However, the humiliation has never died. The tone with which UN bureaucrats speak with; the language, has consistently depicted the institution’s position on the subject.
While it took long to accept the term genocide to be used to describe the horrific killings committed against the Tutsis as a genocide, until now, the official communiqués do not use the word openly.
Notably, the UN has refused to recognised the real figures of the victims produced by the Rwanda Umbrella of survivors (IBUKA).
A precise figure of the victims of the genocide against the Tutsi is 1,074,017 and not “more than 800,000 people.”
A message penned down by the current UN boss, António Guterres, proves the two elements.
He said, “Twenty-four years ago, more than 800,000 people were systematically killed in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The victims were overwhelmingly Tutsi, but also included moderate Hutu, Twa and others.”
The UN’s website has all annual messages delivered during the commemoration. You guessed right, the above line has been the UN’s template ever since.
It is picked and punched in all its messages.
This year, Guterres only mention the word genocide where it doesn’t mean anything.
“States have a fundamental responsibility to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity,” he said in a statement, but he refused to qualify the killings in Rwanda as a genocide committed against the Tutsi.
“Today we remember all those who were murdered and reflect on the suffering of the survivors, who have shown that reconciliation is possible, even after a tragedy of such monumental proportions,” he said.
The contradiction in this message and the UN SG has not been explained.
Meanwhile, the UN is not the only one that is vague.
The U.S. Department of State recognises subtly that it was a genocide, but does not give it the right attribution.
A statement issued by John J. Sullivan, Acting Secretary of State on Saturday April 7, says that, “We stand today with the people of Rwanda in commemorating the 1994 genocide during which more than 800,000 men, women, and children were brutally murdered.”
More profusely, even after President Kagame meeting the Pontiff last year, where the head of the Catholic Church apologised for the role of the church in facilitating the killings, the Vatican has also shocked Rwandans with a denier punch.
The Vatican mouthpiece, Vaticannews, called it “a clash between Hutu and Tutsi” also carefully avoiding the term “genocide against the Tutsi.”
The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) has said that discussions during the ongoing Genocide commemoration week will focus on educating people on the difference between Genocide against the Tutsi and other atrocities as well as how Rwandans have rebuilt their country after the tragic past.