World at ‘fault for failure to dispense justice’
Rwandans fault the international community for doing too little to help dispense justice with regard to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, an official in the Rwandan High Commission in Nairobi said on Thursday.
This was during a joint commemoration event which coincided with the observance of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide, organised by the Rwanda High Commission and the UN Information Centre in Nairobi.
“Some countries are still reluctant to enforce arrest warrants and extradition requests for several architects of the Genocide, who have since turned into ardent Genocide deniers,” Yamina Karitanyi, the acting Charge d’Affaires at the High Commission, said.
She stressed that Rwandans and friends of Rwanda are marking the 18th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide “with a renewed sense of purpose to build a brighter future.”
Karitanyi noted that Rwandans are determined not to forget the horrific tragedy that was witnessed, claiming over a million lives and leaving the country in ruins.
“But Rwandans also have as much resolve to move on, and craft a future they want for themselves.”
Karitanyi noted that, today, the country proudly stands out in the community of nations not only for having managed to pull itself from the brink of disaster, but also for a quick turnaround in various arenas.
She noted that currently, the country’s armed forces – the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF), ranks among the best performing peacekeepers contributing to peace and security around the world, while president Paul Kagame is among world leaders spearheading global efforts for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as broadband access targets.
Part of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message read out by the Director General, United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), Sahle-Work Zewde, says: “Rwanda is making progress towards building a more peaceful and just society.”
Commemorative events led by UN Information Centres were held across the world.
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