Arming Rwanda

The Arms Trade and Human Rights Abuses in the Rwandan War

On October 1990, the Rwandese Patriotic Front launched an invasion from neighboring Uganda, aimed at overthrowing the Rwandan government. While the war has stopped in an uneasy peace, an estimated 4,500 people died in the conflict and nearly one million civilians are refugees. The influx of weapons supplied by the French, Egyptian and South African governments (the latter in violation of a Security Council resolution) created a local arms race of astonishing proportion and lethality.

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