INTENT TO DECEIVE, denying the genocide of the Tutsi

: Melvern (L.)

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264pp., map, illus., paperback, London & New York, 2020


Linda Melvern on the campaign of genocide denial in Rwanda.

"Melvern offers a vivid picture of the role of Western nations in abetting, ignoring and allowing Rwanda's genocide. She singles out 'accomplices' like France, which, with an eye to preserving its dominance in the region, provided the murderous Hutu regime with arms, money and even capturing the cold, calculating debates at the United Nations, she has contributed a valuable behind-the-scenes version of the events." Samantha Power, New York Times

“The best overall account of the background to the genocide...the investigation is hers, and hers alone. She discovered so much that we did not know." Lt-General Roméo Dallaire, UN Assitance Mission for Rwanda

“Linda Melvern has made it something of a life mission to take on the Rwandan genocide deniers and debunk their poisonous fact-muddying claims… A clear, crisp and important contribution to the literature on the genocide. In particular Melvern forensically rebuts attempts by apologists for the genocidaires, including western academics, to suggest a moral equivalence between the parties in Rwanda.” Alec Russell, Financial Times

British investigative journalist Linda Melvern has researched and written about the circumstances of the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda for 25 years. She was a consultant to the Military One prosecution team at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and is the author of A People Betrayed: the role of the West in Rwanda's genocide and conspiracy to murder.