Here we present a selection of news reports, features and opinion articles on the tragedy from the Guardian's archives.· Articles appear in chronological order Violence erupted many times before April 1994: : Rwanda calls for aid to halt rebels : Rebels at the ready in fragile Rwanda truce : Rebels with a cause aim for conciliation : Prospects for piece : Tribal rampage feared after politicians killed April 8 1994: The Rwandan capital of Kigali descends into chaos as troops, presidential guards and gendarmes sweep through the suburbs killing the prime minister, UN peacekeepers and scores of civilians.
KAMPALA, Uganda — Rwanda’s military routinely tortures detainees with beatings, asphyxiations, mock executions and electric shocks, Human Rights Watch alleged Tuesday, ramping up accusations of serious abuses that have dogged the government over the years.
Sexual mutilation sometimes occurred after the rape and included mutilation of the vagina with machetes, knives, sharpened sticks, boiling water, and acid.
Major Brent Beardsley, assistant to Dallaire, gave testimony at the ICTR. It seemed that everywhere we went, from the period of 19th of April until the time we left, there was rape everywhere near these killing sites." According to U. Special Rapporteur, Rene Degni-Segui, "Rape was the rule, and its absence the exception".
The country’s justice minister and military spokesman did not respond to calls for comment Tuesday.
Last month Human Rights Watch said that authorities have arrested, forcibly disappeared and threatened political opponents since the August presidential election.
Diane Rwigara, an independent candidate and women’s rights activist who was disqualified from running against Kagame, has since been charged with inciting insurrection and forgery.
“Research over a number of years demonstrates that military officials in Rwanda can use torture whenever they please,” Human Rights Watch’s Ida Sawyer said in a statement.