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Tue. Jul 27th, 2021

Denialism, Divisionism Soar

27yrs after the Genocide against the Tutsi

By George Kalisa

President Paul Kagame pointed a blaming finger at some Western countries that continue to host and protect suspects of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi under the guise of defending their human rights and freedoms. Kagame said that genocide perpetrators have for the last 27 years been trading lies including political persecution as a cover up of their role in the genocide.

Without citing any example, Kagame said that some of the rich countries have adamantly chosen to refer to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi as “the 1994 Genocide”, a crime that translates to denial, trivialization (gupfobya jenoside) revisionism and negation. 

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution to refer to the massacres of the Tutsi in Rwanda as “the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi”.

And, on April20, 2020, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a Resolution 74/273, titled International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

 “Among those who are undergoing trial, there are those who have been living outside, protected, one way or the other,” observed Kagame in a speech on April7, 2021 at the beginning of 100 days of the 27th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

This is the second time the annual commemoration event is held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over one million Tutsis were killed during the Genocide that was masterminded and executed by genocidal regimes and their allies including France with a goal of cleansing the Tutsi. Since 1994 the French authorities have, however, been denying responsibility in the genocide.   

French President Emmanuel Macron commissioned French historians to investigate France’s role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and the report released recently acknowledged France’s “overwhelming responsibility”, and Kagame welcomed the findings as “an important step toward a common understanding of what took place”.

 “And it is all connected with the story of denial, distortion, and publication of all kinds of things. It’s interesting to find that when these trials are ongoing, for some—especially those who were hosting these people—the issue is not what they did which they are being tried for, the issue is how they got here,” added Kagame.  .

The Kigali administration has repeatedly warned genocide suspects on the run in America and Europe hosted as “asylum seekers or opposition politicians” over distorting and falsifying Rwanda’s history especially the facts about the genocide against the Tutsi. 

Revisionists and deniers based in host nations propagate genocide ideology, theories of double genocide and hate through digital platforms such as online radio stations, YouTube-based media channels and blogs.  

Statistics at the National Public Prosecution Authority indicate that some 940 genocide ideology cases implicating some 1,172 genocide ideology suspects were handled in a space of three years.

Today, the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) and the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) say that the lies propagated through various digital platforms negatively impact on the unity and reconciliation initiatives that the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF)-Inkotanyi led government has rolled out in the country, under the visionary leadership of H.E President Paul Kagame since he stopped the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The so called defenders of human rights and “models of democracy” were either watching or supporting the Hutu extremists that started the ritual killings following the murder of Juvenal Habyarimana, killed along with the Ex-President of Burundi Cyprien Ntaryamira who was, also, aboard the plane downed on April6, 1994.

UK hosts some key genocide suspects like Emmanuel Nteziryayo, Vincent Bajinya, Célestin Mutabaruka Célestin, Ugirashebuja and Charles Munyaneza while many perpetrators are marauding the American Continent. 

The 1946 Convention says that victims of genocide must be those targeted for elimination “in whole or in part”. In spite of this Convention, still the so-called authors of democracy and justice continue to contest the appellation “the1994 Genocide the Tutsi”

“Falsehoods become facts, and victims become villain,” the President wondered.

“There are a couple of cases where we told their hosts that they are actually criminals. They have killed, they have stolen, they have raped, they have done all kinds of things. And we have the capacity to try them. But they say no, these are critics of the leaders of Rwanda. These are people fighting for freedom, for rights of all kinds,” said Kagame.

Over the last 27 years, Rwanda’s leadership has made strides in the social and economic spheres, and all Rwandans today enjoy improved wellbeing due to good governance that has promoted unity and reconciliation. Within the borders of Rwanda, perpetrators and victims co-exist – enjoy access to all social services including education, heath, water, electricity et cetera regardless of the perceived ethnic differences that were introduced by their colonial masters.  

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