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U.N. Decries Rwandan Attacks

October 31, 1998

UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ Hutu insurgents in Rwanda are using the same tactics employed during the 1994 genocide, indiscriminately slaughtering men and women, children and the elderly, a U.N. report says.

The report, released Friday by a representative of the U.N. Human Rights Commission, deplored the loss of civilian lives and called for the international community to condemn ``forcefully and unequivocally the resurgent forces which have shown themselves bent on resuming the program of genocide launched in 1994.″

The report noted an increase in attacks by armed groups, both in frequency and intensity, since a year ago. And it decried the failure of the government to reach an agreement with a U.N. human rights team on a new mandate _ leading to the team’s departure in July.

The report said Rwanda’s judiciary was in a crisis, but commended efforts to speed up trials and release prisoners on humanitarian grounds.

Rwanda’s 1994 Hutu-sponsored genocide killed an estimated 500,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus before Tutsis took power.

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