As Rwanda prepares to mark the 30th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi, collaborative efforts between Rwandans and their global allies are underway to ensure the event’s commemoration around the world.
The launch ceremony in Lausanne was attended by notable figures, including the Ambassador of Rwanda to Switzerland, Marie-Chantal Rwakazina, and the President of Ibuka-Suisse, Muangira César.
Mayor Grégoire Junod expressed pride in inaugurating the commemorative site on the day marking the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the UN’s Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in 1948.
Junod highlighted the importance of remembrance activities among Rwandans in Switzerland, emphasizing the collective responsibility to fight against genocide ideology and promote education and peace talks. He underscored the global impact of genocide, emphasizing that it affects human beings wherever they are in the world.
Amb. Marie-Chantal Rwakazina emphasized the significance of the event in the context of preparations for the 30th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda.
Lausanne follows the city of Geneva in providing space for commemorating the Genocide against the Tutsi. Rwandans living in Switzerland had requested a memorial space two years ago, and the city of Lausanne’s support reflects increasing acceptance and backing from Swiss authorities in addressing the historical impact of the Genocide against the Tutsi.
President Murangire César of Ibuka-Suisse expressed gratitude for Lausanne’s support, highlighting that the city not only provided a space but also extended support and understanding for various activities aimed at combating genocide ideology. He emphasized the importance of continuing to educate citizens about the history and perpetration of the Genocide against the Tutsis.
The ’Forum de la paix’ will serve as a venue for various activities, including a night of remembrance, discussions on Rwanda’s reconstruction history, and reflections on the unity and reconciliation process.