Sarah Barber IR 210 – Professor Lamy Why Did it Happen? Exercise Revision December 1, 2005 Puzzle #3: The United Nations, a coalition of 191 states, is known as a peacekeeping international organization that works to promote human rights. However, with the recent genocide of the Tutsi’s in Rwanda, the UN failed to protect the rights of this tribe. Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire, the head of the small UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda at the time, has said that “no-one was interested in saving Rwandans and the bulk of his force was ordered to leave” (BBC News). UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan even said that they did not believe the “fact that genocide was a real possibility” (Annan). Why did the United Nations decide not to intervene in the Rwanda genocide? “UN chief’s Rwanda genocide regret.” BBC News 26 March 2004. 1 Nov. 2005. http:// news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3573229.stm . Annan, Kofi.
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