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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Linda Melvern: The British government and the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda - Our troubling indifference

24th April 2008, 17:30 to 19:00, Elvet Riverside, lecture theatre 140

This public lecture will go to the heart of international decision-making over Rwanda. From the creation of an inadequate UN peacekeeping mission for Rwanda in 1993 to the final abandonment of volunteer UN peacekeepers after the genocide began, it will show how secretive and unaccountable decision making in the Security Council contributed to this catastrophic outcome. It will show how the failure by the western press to adequately describe what was happening is now widely considered to have aided those committing the crime of genocide. Why this pitiful lack of information? Why is there even today a lack of awareness about what really happened in 1994? Why is history increasingly fictionalized?

Linda Melvern is a widely published investigative journalist and author. She is an Honorary Professor in the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Her most recent publication is 'Conspiracy to Murder: the Rwandan Genocide' Verso, April 2006. For more information about Linda Melvern please visit: www.lindamelvern.com

This is an IAS-badged event, organised by the Department of History for its Colonial and Postcolonial Studies' series.

THIS IS A PUBLIC LECTURE AND IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.