Dear colleagues,

On Friday 11th October, Canadian journalist Judi Rever will present her view on the genocide in Rwanda, based on her controversial book In praise of blood.  The former Belgian ambassador to Rwanda, Johan Swinnen (author of Rwanda, Mijn Verhaal (Polis,2016)) will act as respondent.

The event takes place in the context of the bachelor course on Public International Law. After the presentation and question and answers round, there will be an opportunity to discuss with both authors in an informal setting at the Law Faculty.

  • 1.00 p.m. Lecture, response and Q and A in Lecture Room R.002 (Rodestraat building)

  • 2.30 p.m. (approx.) High tea and informal meeting in Room V.152 (Faculty of Law, Venusstraat 23)
Please kindly let me know if you wish to participate in the informal meeting; the lecture is open to all.

Kind regards,
Koen De Feyter
Professor of Public International Law
Spokesperson Research Group on Law and Development

About 'In Praise of Blood'

A stunning work of investigative reporting by a Canadian journalist who has risked her own life to bring us a deeply disturbing history of the Rwandan genocide that takes the true measure of Rwandan head of state Paul Kagame.

Through unparalleled interviews with RPF defectors, former soldiers and atrocity survivors, supported by documents leaked from a UN court, Judi Rever brings us the complete history of the Rwandan genocide. Considered by the international community to be the saviours who ended the Hutu slaughter of innocent Tutsis, Kagame and his rebel forces were also killing, in quiet and in the dark, as ruthlessly as the Hutu genocidaire were killing in daylight. The reason why the larger world community hasn’t recognized this truth? Kagame and his top commanders effectively covered their tracks and, post-genocide, rallied world guilt and played the heroes in order to attract funds to rebuild Rwanda and to maintain and extend the Tutsi sphere of influence in the region.

     Judi Rever, who has followed the story since 1997, has marshalled irrefutable evidence to show that Kagame’s own troops shot down the presidential plane on April 6, 1994–the act that put the match to the genocidal flame. And she proves, without a shadow of doubt, that as Kagame and his forces slowly advanced on the capital of Kigali, they were ethnically cleansing the country of Hutu men, women and children in order that returning Tutsi settlers, displaced since the early ’60s, would have homes and land. This book is heartbreaking, chilling and necessary.