The National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) has attributed persistent genocide ideology among foreigners to lack of laws punishing genocide crimes and its ideology.
This was revealed yesterday by the executive secretary of NURC, Fidèle Ndayisaba in a meeting held to assess policies and activities for the commemoration of 1994 genocide against Tutsi.
Ndayisaba explained that genocide ideologues persist in Rwanda and abroad backed by perpetrators and their supporters.
“Some people still have genocide ideology in Africa and abroad. It has even been realized in Rwanda among some few people. Apart from genocide ideology, some people trivialize genocide and encourage others on its denial. It is clear that perpetrators do not want to be called so.The ideology is instilled among people by their supporters while few people join the drive against genocide denial and undermining. The situation is worsened in countries with no laws punishing genocide crimes,” he said.
Ndayisaba stressed the need to enact laws punishing genocide and its ideology in all countries.
He requested the youth to be committed to building analytical skills to identify the wrongs against communities and stand against whoever brings divisionism and genocide ideology.
Immaculée Mukankubito, Never Again Rwanda- Director of Operations explained that such dialogue has been organized for the sixth time to acquaint the youth with knowledge and capacity to resist genocide ideology especially during the commemoration period.
Mfuranzima Fred, one of the participants has told IGIHE that the dialogues are essential over their contribution to healing wounds.
According to 2015 research of NURC, commemoration of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi occupies 90% in facilitating Rwanda’s unity and reconciliation process.