Genocide in Triplicate: Use of Documents in National and International Prosecution of the Rwandan Genocide
Genocide in Triplicate:
Use of Documents in National and International Prosecution of the Rwandan Genocide
Documents produced by government officials and leading politicians offer invaluable help in facilitating the prosecution of perpetrators. National and international prosecutors, however, have relied more on witness testimony, increasingly unreliable as time goes on, while masses of documents molder in offices or -- worse yet, containers -- in Rwanda. An important part of the substantial resources collected by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda remains unused. Investigators and prosecutors need to realize the full implications of genocide as a historical event as well as a massive crime and make better use of the tools of history in building their cases.