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The role of women as perpetrators in the Rwanda Genocide has been documented much more so than that of women in other genocides and crimes against humanity: more than in the holocaust of World War II, than in the massacres of Mayan Guatemala's Indians in 1982, and more even than in the widespread atrocities that accompanied the break-up of the former Yugoslavia which were virtually concurrent with the Rwanda Genocide. It is not entirely clear why this is the case. Testimonies of women perpetrators and victims were collected in the immediate aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide by various human rights groups, most completely by the United Kingdom based NGO African Rights which published its data within a year of the genocide. More evidence has emerged in the trials of genocidaires at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and in trials in the national courts of Rwanda, Belgium, and other countries. These trials include the evidence of female victims, but also have included prosecution of high level women perpetrators which have resulted in guilty verdicts.
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Maier, Donna J.
"Women Leaders in the Rwandan Genocide: When Women Choose To Kill,"
UNIversitas: Journal of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: Vol. 8:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/universitas/vol8/iss1/8