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The Role of the United Nations in Stopping Genocide

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The Role of the United Nations in Stopping Genocide


Genocide -- Prevention.
United Nations.


Oral history video clip featuring Joseph Mutaboba, Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.


Media Entertainment, Inc.


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


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




Mutaboba, Joseph


Tape number: 4053E


video / mp4




Oral History

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Sarcona, Michael


Mutaboba, Joseph


Well, the United Nations’ actions today—I should say that they are twofold. One is to see how they can protect; and two is how they can promote that kind of culture of fighting against genocide. The protection is some kind of exercise, which requires immediate action. So, if you look back at what happened to Rwanda in 1994, that protection failed simply because of the heavy bureaucracy of the UN. It would have been something very small, like say you sit down—the same Security Council could have sat down and said, “We changed the mandate.” Today they tell you it was the mandate, which was the problem. They could have changed it. It’s a piece of paper. Two, they were not ready to defend themselves. They could have simply decided that they should be allowed to carry more weapons, or more weapons could be brought in quickly and easily. They will tell you, “It’s a sovereign state; we cannot intervene,” and so on. I don’t want to comment on this, and I don’t want to comment on similar double standards to show—there is evidence to show—that it can be done for them and it cannot be done for us. So, you see, the protection has not been done as it should be done. Now, the advocacy, saying we should fight against genocide, how much has been done? Well, you look at what’s happening today, when you see events happening or occurring in the Congo, for example. I thought for a while that nobody would ever see some kind of genocide making on television, on screen, and keep quiet. It happened! What has been said or done? Nothing. It’s nil. So, what is it? What is it that we have forgotten to do; what is it we claim to be standing for? And that’s how it starts: as a single case, two, three or more, and then it’s the whole group, social group, or any group you can think of. So, we advocate for those people when it’s too late.

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