Rwandan Hutu rebels denounce genocide, end war

[JURIST] Rwanda's main group of Hutu [Wikipedia entry] rebels denounced the 1994 genocide [Human Rights Watch backgrounder] of Tutsis [Wikipedia entry] for the first time Thursday and announced they were ending their war against the Rwanda government. Ignace Murwanashyaka, president of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), the delegation representing the rebel organization, said the group will lay down its arms to transform its fight into a political struggle and was ready to cooperate with international justice. Diplomats attending the secret negotiations over the Hutu announcement said that it is now up to the Rwandan government to provide guarantees that disarmed rebels could return home safely with full legal rights. The Rwandan government has thus far said that FDLR fighters suspected of involvement in the genocide would be investigated and tried. Reuters has more.



 

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