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The Role of the United Nations in Stopping Genocide

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Title

The Role of the United Nations in Stopping Genocide

Subject

Genocide -- Prevention.
United Nations.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Alexandre Kimenyi a professor at California State University, Sacramento. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.

Creator

Media Entertainment, Inc.

Source

Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library,
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.

Date

1999-09-16

Contributor

Kimenyi, Alexandre

Relation

G36-00036
Tape number: 4075I

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Mallory, Sue

Interviewee

Kimenyi, Alexandre

Location

California State University

Transcription

I’ve been very much disappointed. The victims feel betrayed, because the international community had an opportunity to stop it, but it refused to intervene where it had to. To give an example, before genocide took place, the UN had around 2500 troops. So what is interesting is that when genocide reached its climax, instead of increasing the troops, instead of doing what they could to stop it, the UN Security Council decided to pull out the troops. So clearly, this is a complicity as far as I’m concerned, as far as I see it. It’s a complicity because if the UN—if the troops were there and decided to intervene, they could have done something to do it. And I don’t know if you know, but the reports—many articles have been written in many newspapers such as The New York Times, which say that the US—the UN Secretary-General knew about the impending genocide. A fax apparently from Kigali was faxed to New York to tell them that the government was ready to commit genocide, because they could see the (inaudible) weapons, the militias and so on. The person who was inside there, who knew about this genocide, is the one who faxed the message to the Secretary-General. But the message was ignored. So clearly, I think that the US—the UN, I mean—has failed its responsibility to protect innocent civilians in case of genocide.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

2:43

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “The Role of the United Nations in Stopping Genocide ,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed September 20, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/571.

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