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Churches must cultivate a world with no tolerance for hate and genocide, yet many churches have stood in silence as discrimination and hate reign. We cannot love our neighbor as ourselves while turning a blind eye to evil. […] Read More

We will observe the 24th anniversary of the Rwanda Tutsi genocide in April. Romeo Dallaire, commander of the United Nations forces in Rwanda, wrote a book titled “Shake Hands with the Devil.” The devil, for Dallaire, was embodied in the person of Gen. Theoneste Bagosora, one of the principal authors of the murder of an […] Read More

We learned it as children: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” I assume it is to be a comfort to children when someone speaks unkind words to them. It occurs to me that it also could be a taunt that dares actual physical violence. In either case, it […] Read More

President Trump complained earlier this year about the media’s failure to pay due attention to Islamist terrorist attacks, and the administration offered a specific list of such events. In some cases, his complaint was unfair, but the list did include many overseas attacks known only to experts and largely ignored by media. In turn, critics […] Read More

I was the lead trial attorney for the military masterminds of the Rwandan Genocide at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, from 2002-08. It was a massive trial with 242 witnesses and piles of legal documents and decisions. One of the surprises for me was the abundance of clergy in […] Read More

Lists of 20th-century genocides differ widely. Yet, six instances always appear: Armenia (1915), the Holocaust in Germany (1933), Cambodia (1975), Rwanda (1990), Bosnia (1995) and Darfur (2003). Other manifestations of genocide are found in some catalogs but not others: Herero and Namaqua (1904), Greek (1914), Assyrian (1915), the Holodomor in Soviet Ukraine (1932), Croatia (1941), […] Read More

Corneille Gato Munyamasoko, general secretary of the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda (AEBR), received the 2015 Baptist World Alliance Congress Quinquennial Human Rights Award. The presentation came on Thursday during the Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa. BWA General Secretary Neville Callam called Munyamasoko a “committed Christian” who has worked to “help people […] Read More

As genocide erupted in Rwanda in 1994, killing 800,000 people in only about 100 days, U.S. President Bill Clinton verbally danced around the topic. Despite intelligence reports clearly documenting the genocide, Clinton and his administration avoided using the word “genocide.” The massacres wiped out 20 percent of the African nation’s population – and 70 percent […] Read More

Corneille Gato Munyamasoko, general secretary of the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda, is the recipient of the 2015 Baptist World Alliance Congress Quinquennial Human Rights Award. The award, given every five years, will be presented in July in Durban, South Africa, where the 21st Baptist World Congress, the first in Africa, will be held. […] Read More

In late January, we passed the second anniversary of renegade Congolese Gen. Laurent Nkunda’s arrest by the Rwandan government. Nkunda has been held under house arrest outside Kigali since that time – without charge or trial. As Rwandan Minister of Justice Tharcisse Karugarama told Kenya’s Daily Nation, Nkunda’s case isn’t easy. The main impediments to […] Read More