October 12, 2012 by soniauwimana
After dealing with the significant methodological shortcomings of the Group of Experts on the DRC led by Steve Hege, superlawyer Paul Butler moves on to the question of how Hege’s own longstanding biases have affected his work as the Group’s coordinator.
It is clear from the outset that, from his investigations, Butler find little ambiguity as far as Hege’s bias is concerned. He writes:
Butler then goes on to document in great detail the many ways that this bias has been reflected in Hege’s previous writings, including the infamous Understanding the FDLR fact-sheet but also many others. Readers of this blog are familiar with this material, but what struck me was the fervor of Butler’s characterisation of Hege’s work:
I have not seen a Rwandan use such stark language to describe Hege’s agenda. Butler was clearly alarmed by what he found, and for good reason.
After listing the many ways that Hege’s hostility towards Rwanda influenced the work of the GoE — which will be no surprise to any of my readers — he concludes in terms that can only be described as passionate.
Hostility. Distortions. Biases. Unfortunately for Rwanda, this has been the story of Steve Hege — and why its final chapter is way past due.