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Cabinet Commends Investigative Report On Genocide

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On Monday, April, 19th, President Paul Kagame chaired an extraordinary Cabinet meeting at village Urugwiro.

  1. The cabinet discussed the investigative report prepared and submitted by Levy Firestone Muse LLP, titled “A Foreseeable Genocide: The Role of the French Government in Connection with the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda”, which was commissioned by the Government of Rwanda in 2017.
  2. The Cabinet commended the outstanding quality of the report, and noted the involvement of three Rwandan Law Firms in its preparation: Certa Law, MRB Attorneys, and Trust Law Chambers.
  3. The cabinet considers this report as well as the recent French Government commissioned Duclert Report, to be important contributions to establishing the truth of what happened in connection with the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda and the role of France.
  4. The cabinet commended the positive steps taken by the government of France under the leadership of Emmanuel Macron, and the prospect of a new chapter in the relations between France and Rwanda.
  5. The cabinet directed that the supporting documentation used in the preparation of the report become part of the national archives for Public use.
  6. The cabinet directed that the report be released to the public in full at the earliest opportunity.

Meanwhile, after the cabinet meeting, Foreign Affair Minister, Dr. Vincent Biruta and the Executive Secretary of Rwanda Remembers , Jean Damascene Bizimana addressed a post-cabinet press conference on the Muse Report at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters in the capital Kigali.

The 600-page report was earlier presented to the cabinet by Bob Muse of the Levy Firestone law firm.

In 2017, the government commissioned a Washington, DC-based law firm to conduct a detailed inquiry to determine the French government’s role in the 1 994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

According to the Preface of the Muse Report, the Rwandan government believes that bringing in Levy Firestone , a foreign law firm, “based neither in France nor Rwanda, best helps advance the public’s understanding of the facts.”

This report was, worked on by a team of 43 people, led by Bob Muse, a partner at Levy Firestone Muse LLP, serving as counsel on behalf of the Government of Rwanda in the investigation that includes interviews of over 250 witnesses from across the world.

President Paul Kagame chaired a special cabinet session where Bob Muse of the Levy Firestone law firm presented the report titled “A Foreseeable Genocide: The Role of the French Government in Connection with the Genocide against the Tutsi.”
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