Press Release on the Situation in Rwanda

    The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights during its 15th ordinary session from 18 to 27 April 1994 in Banjul;

    Informed of the massacres and outbursts of violence in Rwanda following the plane crash of 6 April 1994 in which the President of Rwanda, General Juvenal Habyarimana and the President of Burundi, His Excellency Cyprian Ntaryamira were killed;

    Apprised by the Security Council decision to withdraw UN troops from Rwanda because of the flare up of violence in that country;

    Considering that this measure comes at a time when the Rwandan people is more in need of being protected and its survival ensured;

    Considering that solidarity and interdependence amongst peoples and states require that every effort be made to avoid the recurrence of more serious disturbances in Rwanda;

    Deplores the decision taken by the Security Council;

    Urges the United Nations Organisation to request the withdrawal of the decision taken by the Security Council;

    Appeals to the OAU Heads of State and Government for increased assistance to Rwanda to put an end to the sufferings of the people.

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      Date: 27 April 1994

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