UNESCO made this significant announcement on Wednesday, 19th September 2023, through its official X account, formerly Twitter.
These memorials bear witness to one of the darkest tragedies on the African continent. They not only serve as places for families to reflect upon the victims but also as a universal reminder of the atrocities that humanity must never allow to recur.
Dr. Bizimana Jean Damascène, the Minister of National Unity and Civic Engagement, representing the Rwandan government during this momentous occasion, underscored the unique importance of this day for Rwanda and the global fight against genocide denial and revisionism related to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
He expressed gratitude to the countries supporting Rwanda, emphasizing how their assistance bolsters the battle against denial and its ideology.
“The historic inscription of the Bisesero, Gisozi, Murambi and Nyamata Sites on the World Heritage List increases international visibility, and also honours the memory of the victims they represent throughout the world. This recognition strengthens the fight against Genocide denial and will serve to educate present and future generations,” said Dr. Bizimana .
These four sites received approval shortly after Nyungwe National Park in the Southern Province was also granted UNESCO World Heritage status yesterday.
Other representatives noted that the inclusion of these memorials in the world heritage list could serve as an inspiration to other nations, particularly those affected by turmoil in Africa. The Rwandan government has committed to preserving and maintaining these memorials, with an annual budget allocated for this purpose.