24 January 2006

Rwanda Genocide Survivors to Take Legal Action Against Pean

Kigali — Ibuka, a genocide survivors' association Tuesday announced that it would take legal action against French journalist Pierre Péan over a book he wrote published last year.

At a press conference in the Rwandan capital Kigali , the organisation said it would file lawsuits in both France and Belgium.

"We have taken the decision to take Péan to court", declared the president of Ibuka, Francois-Xavier Ngarambe during the conference.

Last November, the investigative journalist published a controversial book on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda entitled "Black fury, white liars".

According to Ngarambe, the author "made some revisionist and quasi- negationist remarks" about the 1994 genocide, which according cost the lives of about one million people, according to Kigali's estimates, most of them members of the Tutsi ethnic group.

"It is the most radical of racist publications", said Ngarambe who accused Péan of harbouring "ethnic hatred towards the Tutsi".

According to a press release by Ibuka, the genocide survivors had instructed two lawyers; Xavier Dhonte and Bernard Maingain from France and Belgium respectively to represent their interests.

Maingain, who was at the press conference, announced that the lawsuits would be filed in February in both countries. "Péan has crossed a very important line" he said.

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