Methodology for the collection of information

The Commission used different methods of gathering information both in Rwanda and abroad. It consulted public and private sources, carried out Beld investigations, and organised both camera and public hearings of witnesses. Members of the Commission also travelled abroad to consult records and interview witnesses who were unable to come to Rwanda.

In exercising its mandate, the Commission came across several types of totally new sources of information and compared them with what was already published; evidence of former soldiers of the Rwandan Armed Forces (FAR) who had worked with French soldiers; persons who claimed that they were direct victims of French soldiers’ acts; Rwandans and foreign observers who witnessed actions of the French soldiers in Rwanda or who were at the scenes of massacres (journalists and humanitarian workers); University research Bndings; expert reports; and Bnally various investigation reports.