• Throughout April 2014, Human Rights Watch is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.  On this occasion, Human Rights Watch stands in solidarity with the victims and with those who survived.

    Between April and July 1994, Hutu extremists in Rwanda carried out a genocide aimed at wiping out the Tutsi minority. The genocide claimed more than half a million lives in just three months.  Members of the Rwandan security forces and Hutu militia, as well as tens of thousands of ordinary Hutu civilians slaughtered Tutsi men, women, and children across the country. Many Hutu who attempted to hide or defend Tutsi and those who opposed the genocide were also killed.  It was one of the most efficient and terrifying episodes of targeted ethnic violence in recent international history.

    Click here to read a Human Rights Watch briefing paper entitled "Justice After Genocide: 20 Years On" published on March 28, 2014, to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide

    Click here for other documents relating to the Rwandan genocide.

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