|UN TARGETS CHURCH, US, FRANCE IN RWANDA REPORT|
A United Nations investigation into the 1994 genocide of 800,000 people in Rwanda criticised the United States, France, and the Anglican and Catholic churches for failing to use their powers to prevent the murders.|
The report, prepared by the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), also criticised the OAU and the UN. Stephen Lewis, a member of the panel that prepared the report, said the group was "dumbfounded by the involvement of France from beginning to end."
The report faulted the Catholic and Anglican church leaders for ignoring human rights abuses and thereby unwittingly encouraging radicals to launch the genocide. "Church leaders failed to use their unique moral position among the overwhelmingly Christian population to denounce ethnic hatred and human rights abuse," the report said.
|12 July 00|