International community commemorates 1994 genocide after 24 years
Written by: Administrotor
Monday, June 11th, 2018, 5:54
Rwanda’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe, has today called on foreign diplomats during their official annual genocide commemoration in Kigali, the first of its kind, after 24 year, to raise advocacy for the prosecution of genocide fugitives, recognize genocide and advocate against the early release of genocide convicts and genocide denial. The international community has also remembered the ten Belgian peacekeepers who were killed during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
The event has attracted 33 diplomatic missions and seven Consular Missions represented by Honorary Consuls, and 30 International and regional organisations.
In January this year, the UN General Assembly adopted a historic decision to commemorate the 1994 genocide as the “genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi”.
“We count on you to be our advocates for the prosecution of genocide fugitives, for the recognition of the genocide as decided by the United Nations General Assembly and to be our advocates against the early release of unrepentant genocide convicts and against genocide denial,” said Nduhungirehe.
“We count on you, Ambassadors and High Commissioners, you who have visited different genocide memorials, interacted with genocide survivors, and witness every day the consequences of the genocide,” said the minister.
“We call, once again, the countries that are yet to do so to help us in holding accountable the many genocide fugitives who roam free on your streets and who now fuel genocide ideology among the youth in the Rwandan community abroad,” he added.
It has taken 24 years for the body representing the international community to clearly name the victims of that crime, despite multiple rulings by the ICTR and resolution 2150 (2014) of the UN Security Council.
The Minister said that the event was also to remember peacekeepers who died in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi that claimed lives of over one million.
“We remember the staff of your respective embassies and high commissions, but also your own compatriots [foreigners] who were killed during the genocide against the Tutsi,” he said, “Some, like Senegalese Capt. Mbaye Diagne and the ten Belgian peacekeepers, were killed on a UN mission, while others were killed because they were associated to Tutsi or opposed the genocide. We remember them all”.
The minister thanked countries that have so far cooperated with Rwanda in ensuring the genocide fugitives face justice and stressed that Rwanda was still concerned about the systematic early release of masterminds of genocide, convicted by the ICTR, describing it as an insult to the genocide victims.
“We thank the countries among yours that prosecuted and | or extradited genocide suspects living in your territories,” he said, “Rwanda is also very concerned by. This is an insult to the victims of the genocide and a denial of justice”.