Conspiracy to Murder is an account of the most appalling event of the late 20th century: the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Linda Melvern's indictment of almost all the key figures and institutions involved only serves to sharpen the horror of a tragedy that could have been avoided. Fully updated, this new edition includes an in-depth account of the genocide trials at the International Criminal Tribunal.
“The definitive account of the origins of the [Rwandan] tragedy… Essential. Accessible to all readers.”
“An epic and shaming story of culpability and missed opportunities... in the finest traditions of investigative journalism.”
“A frank condemnation of the world's broken promise to 'never again' allow genocide to happen.”
Mail & Guardian
- Robert Kirby
“Melvern's Book is outstanding... Her research has been exhaustive and the clarity of her chronology is the most dfamning of all indictments against those who looked the other way in the years leading up to 1994.”
“A devastating account of the West's failure to act.”
“A meticulous reconstruction of how the genocide happened.”
- Romeo Dallaire
“The best overall account of the background to the genocide, and the failure to prevent it.”
From the Publisher
“Linda Melvern’s work on Rwanda is in the finest traditions of investigative journalism. Conspiracy to Murder: The Rwandan Genocide extends her previous book, A People Betrayed: the Role of the West in Rwanda’s Genocide, a brilliant investigation into the tragedy for which the ‘international community’ was itself responsible. With testimony from witnesses and access to documents previously unseen, she tells an epic and shaming story of culpability and missed opportunities.”—John Pilger
Linda Melvern is a widely published investigative journalist. She is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and was a consultant to the Military One prosecution team at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda. Her previous books include The Ultimate Crime and A People Betrayed.