UN General Assembly president lauds Rwanda’s resilience journey

On 15 April 2023 at 09:00

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly President, Csaba Korosi on Friday lauded Rwanda’s successful rebuilding from the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Xinhua has reported.

With strength and determination, the people of Rwanda have rebuilt their nation from the ashes of devastation, he told an event to commemorate the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

Through the establishment of the Gacaca Courts in 2001, Rwandans drew on traditional methods of dispute resolution to hold each other accountable. With a focus on restorative justice, they brought about reconciliation, elevated moderation over extremism and laid the foundation for sustained development, he noted.

"Today, the success of these endeavors is seen everywhere. It is seen in the gender parity in the lower house of parliament. It is seen in the vibrancy of Rwandan innovation, in the resilience of its economy, and in the strength of its health care system," said Korosi.

"Importantly, Rwanda has invested in its young people, opening opportunities for those under 20 years old, who represent half of its dynamic population. Rwandans have built a nation that looks toward a better future," he added.

Korosi further stated that the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi was not an accident noting that it stemmed from years of fomenting a racist ideology and waging a campaign aimed at the systematic destruction of a population.

"As it was carried out — the world was silent," he said. "To this unconscionable inaction — and in the spirit of Kwibuka — we must say, ’never again.’"

"Let us not shy away from our responsibilities. Let us remain committed to upholding the rights of every individual and addressing the drivers of hate speech — online and offline. Let us stand firmly against any form of discrimination. And let us keep our focus on education," he said.

"Given all that we see around us in 2023, this is our duty. And let us be sincere, this is our only choice," said Korosi.

The International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda falls on April 7.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (3rd R) and other participants observe a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the genocide during an event to commemorate the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda at the UN headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2023. Guterres on Friday warned against hate speech in reflection of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. (Loey Felipe/UN Photo/Handout via Xinhua)