International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
Vol. 7, Issue 5 (2021)

International humanitarian law: A study on the Rwandan genocide


Aditya Khanna

There has been a major debate regarding the issue of armed conflicts in the recent history of International Humanitarian Law. Several organisations are yet to make a much clearer interpretation when it comes to distinguishing between International Armed Conflicts and Non-International Armed Conflicts. Various decisions have been made in regards to this law but have failed immensely in applying it justly and proportionately. The issue has become more of a dormant one in the past few years especially since the massacre in Rwanda which the paper will majorly cover. Although now there is a clearer picture in regards to Non-International Armed conflicts, a lot of it still needs some changes. The paper has focused on the atrocities faced during the Rwandan Genocide when several international organisations such as the United States and the United Nations failed to judge this situation more crucially. The paper also addresses the loopholes in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) regarding the issue of Armed Conflicts. It further assesses whether the Rwandan Genocide was an International Armed Conflict or a Non-International Armed Conflict. We must discuss the necessary changes that need to be made to address this issue to avoid any further conflict similar to the one in the discussion.
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How to cite this article:
Aditya Khanna. International humanitarian law: A study on the Rwandan genocide. International Journal of Law, Volume 7, Issue 5, 2021, Pages 197-200
International Journal of Law