It is the twelfth year since the African Union started the annual commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, commemoration activities will be limited. Moussa
Faki Mahamat said that no formal gathering will happen to commemorate the genocide this year but encouraged Africans to join Rwanda in commemorating in the confines of their home.
"This annual commemoration affords us an opportunity to reflect, and continue the fight against genocide, its ideology, denial, and impunity with a view to ensure that never again shall Africa experience such a heinous crime against humanity."
The 26th commemoration activities will be held under the theme ’Remember, Unite, Renew’.
Faki Mahamat said that African countries should learn lessons from the history of Rwanda and renew their commitment to promote peaceful and inclusive societies.
He called upon member states of the African Union (AU) to arrest and prosecute the fugitives of the genocide. "Fighting impunity should equally be at the heart of our collective efforts as AU member states as well as the international community by arresting, prosecuting or extraditing indicted fugitives."
Faki Mahamat said that during the genocide in 1994, the world stood still in awe as millions of Tutsi were being killed.
"As we remember the fallen mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters in Rwanda, we should not be oblivious of the fact that genocide is always well planned, deliberately executed with impunity, yet genocide is also always followed by denial."
He reminded African countries that the 26th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi is in line with the AU theme this year
“Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development”. "If genocide ideology persists, its denial will continue unabated and impunity will reign."
Faki Mahamat concluded saying that AU member states should collectively combat genocide ideology, impunity and denial working hand-in-glove with the international community and all other stakeholders.