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Vol 39 No 15

Published 24th July 1998


Rwanda

North-west nightmare

Human rights come a bleak second as the army takes on the rebels

United Nations' human rights staff are packing their bags following the government's categorical refusal to allow rights monitoring as part of the UN brief. Talks with a top-level delegation from Geneva ended in deadlock on 16 July. Both sides put out conciliatory statements, with the government stressing that the UN Human Rights Field Operation in Rwanda (Unhrfor) was welcome to stay on to provide 'technical assistance'. Kigali maintains that a still- to-be-created national human rights commission will more than look after local needs. Critics suspect the government rather of having its own needs in mind.

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