The Rwandan Genocide: 24 Years Later

Following the assassination of the Rwandan president on this day in 1994, roughly 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates were gruesomely hacked to death in a carefully organized program of genocide lasting for nearly 3 months. That the slaughter was meticulously planned over a number of years by radical Hutu leaders is both undeniable and incomprehensible.

Reports of ethnic cleansing, torture, hundreds of thousands of sexual assaults, and genocide were not acted on by foreign powers, despite the manifold ways human rights were grossly violated. The United Nations failed to respond, despite the presence of peace-keeping forces, and largely limited itself to evacuating foreign nationals. The United States, rather than leading the UN to take action, refused even to use the word “genocide” in regard to the Rwandan crisis.

We must acknowledge that political and economic exclusion, rife with policies that promote one ethnic group or race over another, fosters hatred that can lead to violence. We must acknowledge that our nation failed in our moral obligation to the people of Rwanda and all of humanity.

The American Solidarity Party recognizes that we must build a culture and enact laws upholding the equal, innate, and inviolable dignity of every human person. We seek to bridge the bitter partisan divide of identity politics with principled and respectful dialogue so that we may all join the cry of, “Never again!”

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