The event was held to raise awareness of human rights and peace among citizens to prevent the recurrence of tragedy and maintain peace in line with the current situation in Rwanda, where various efforts have been made for inter-ethnic reconciliation and national development since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Under the theme of national development through institutionalization of peace, HWPL proposed three concepts: "Right to Peace," peace as a permanent condition from violence or threat, "Peace and development" as the correlation between conflict and economic performance, and "the need to institutionalize peace” through regular peace activities.
As an example of Rwanda’s institutionalization to overcome ethnic divisions, Albert Rutikanga, the founder and executive director of PeaceEdu Initiative Rwanda explained “The Goals of the Gacaca court and Effect” as a case of a traditional community court system that aims at restoring the social structure.
Dr. Eric Ndushabandi, director of the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP), added, “We should ensure that we adopt an inclusive governance system that allows all social categories to participate in public matters. National identity consciousness must not be taught as an ideology, it must respond to concrete issues of human, inclusiveness at the point where citizens feel more secure by being identified as Rwandans and not recognized by their ethnicity, Hutu or Tutsi.”
Starting with the Human Rights Webinar, HWPL will carry out peace activities to promote peace in Rwanda. In this year, HWPL will propose an education project for schools with the handbook of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) which is proclaimed to achieve global peace with cessation of war. And will receive signatures for supporting DPCW from political and legal workers to make it an institutionalization of peace.