Rwanda embarks on listing genocide memorials with World Heritage sites

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 9 November 2016 saa 09:34
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The government of Rwanda targets to fulfill requirements to register four genocide memorial sites to list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites by 2018.

Assessment of requirements to register the memorial sites is being undertaken during a two-day meeting being held in Rwanda bringing together stakeholders in fighting genocide drawing participants from the International Council of Monuments and Sites, African World Heritage Fund, Mali, Senegal, South Africa, lecturers and researchers.

The said sites are Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Gisozi, Ntarama Genocide Memorial site in Bugesera District, Murambi memorial centre in Nyamagabe District, and Bisesero Genocide Memorial site in Karongi District.

The executive secretary of CNLG, Dr Jean Damascène Bizimana explained that they are required to demonstrate uniqueness making the memorial sites worth World Heritage listing.

“There are many requirements to meet. The meeting is aimed at assessing the value of each memorial site in relation to the international level, and uniqueness that can give a lesson to international community,” he said.

The delegation of UNESCO visited Murambi and Nyamata memorial sites to assess whether they meet requirements for listing with World Heritage sites.

The Minister of Sports and Cuilture ,Uwacu Julienne explained that listing the four memorial sites on World Heritage sites will increase awareness of the history of 1994 genocide against the Tutsi across the world and give a lesson of preventing reoccurrence of a similar mayhem.

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Minister Uwacu Julienne chats with Dr Diogene Bideri, a senior research consultant at CNLG and Mechtild Rossler,the director of heritage at UNESCO