International cooperation vital in fight against genocide ideology - scholars

There is need for international cooperation to successfully fight against genocide ideology, genocide scholars have said.

There is need for international cooperation to successfully fight against genocide ideology, genocide scholars have said.

Researchers Tom Ndahiro and Antoine Mugesera made the remarks during a commemorative event organised jointly by Rwanda Revenue Authority, Auditor General’s Office and the National Electoral Commission on Thursday evening in Kigali.

“Genocide ideology and denial is done through different channels within and outside the country. That is why cooperation is needed in the international community to fight against the spread of genocide ideology among specific groups such as the youth,” Ndahiro said.

He called for a sense of national identity and prevention of discrimination based on personal identity.

This year’s commemoration was held under the theme: “Remember the Genocide against the Tutsi, Fight Genocide Ideology , Build on Our Progress.”

According to Ndahiro, lack of a sense of national identity alienates some people who could have provided contribution to national development.

“Many African authors wrote about about how African countries can invest in education and infrastructure but Rwandans were being divided along ethnic lines and discriminated in education and other sectors,” he decried.

Mugesera said that more needs to be done to build sustainable institutions to sustain the progress made thus far, 23 years after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The scholars emphasised that sustainable institutions can be possible through embracing Rwanda’s positive values, education, as well as strengthening the legal framework.

The scholars commended the government for undoing what was not properly done in the past during the colonial era and in the post-independence period, ensuring equality of all Rwandans and eradicating the culture of impunity.

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By Michel Nkurunziza
There is need for international cooperation to successfully fight against genocide ideology, genocide scholars have said.
Researchers Tom Ndahiro and  Antoine Mugesera made the remarks during a commemorative event organised jointly by Rwanda Revenue Authority, Auditor General’s Office and the National Electoral Commission on Thursday evening in Kigali.
“Genocide ideology and denial is done through different channels within and outside the country. That is why cooperation is needed in the international community to fight against the  spread of genocide ideology among specific groups such as  the youth,” Ndahiro said.
He called for a sense of national identity and prevention of discrimination based on personal identity.
This year’s commemoration was held under the theme: “Remember the Genocide against the Tutsi, Fight Genocide Ideology , Build on Our Progress.”
According to Ndahiro, lack of a sense of national identity alienates some people who could have provided contribution to national development.
“Many African authors wrote about about how African countries can invest in education and infrastructure but Rwandans were being divided along ethnic lines and discriminated in education and other sectors,” he decried.
Mugesera said that more needs to be done to build sustainable institutions to sustain the progress made thus far, 23 years after  the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The scholars emphasised that sustainable institutions can be possible through embracing Rwanda’s positive values, education, as well as strengthening the legal framework.
The scholars commended the government for undoing what was not properly done in the past during the colonial era and in the post-independence period, ensuring equality of all Rwandans and eradicating the culture of impunity.

editorial@newtimes.co.rw

 

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