May 012012
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Sometimes UN Presence can make things worse

by Phil Taylor

In 1994, Victoire Ingabire was in Holland when the negotiations and ceasefire broke down in Rwanda.  She returned to Rwanda in 2010 to challenge the President electorally.  Now, she lives under arrest.  Ann Garrison discusses the very different rules that seem to exist in court cases pertaining to Rwanda.

Phil reminds us that the disaster in Rwanda occurred in the context of a UN intervention, and not its absence.  He draws parallels between the UN presence in Rwanda and Syria.  Foreign military forces operating in a trouble spot can overrun their mandate, leading to the notorious "mission creep."  Can the UN buck the trend and put together a balanced corps of observers?

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About Phil Taylor

The Taylor Report, heard Mondays from 5:00-6:00 pm, is one of CIUT's flagship spoken word programs. Show host and producer Phil Taylor has a long and fascinating history as a social activist and journalist. He grew up in California, but has lived in Canada for the past 30 years. He's been a US Marine, a newspaper journalist, and a television producer. Taylor currently works as an investigator for prominent human rights lawyers including former US Attorney-General and civil rights advocate Ramsey Clark, and Toronto-based Charles Roach. Roach's work as a defense lawyer involved in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has given Taylor the opportunity to work in Africa. Website:

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