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Never Again? Rwanda and the World

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Rwanda is thought to be the most densely populated state in Africa. This article aims to illustrate the resulting but absolutely unnecessary powerlessness of the UN by way of summarily reviewing the 1994 Rwanda crisis and the international community's handling of it. Rwanda is a pivotal example of what can happen when the international community is paralysed. The Rwanda Tribunal is mandated to prosecute and judge persons responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law, committed during the year 1994 in Rwanda, or by Rwandans in neighbouring states. It has often been said that we all depend on the UN and that the UN is bound to be-a dependent of its Member States. The present situation of worrying developments in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere illustrates that there really seems to be no valid and lasting security solution outside the UN and outside international law.

Keywords: Africa; international community; International humanitarian law; Middle East; Rwanda crisis; Rwanda tribunal; security solution



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