The Rwandan Diaspora in the Netherlands, yesterday during a ceremony to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, urged the International community to enact laws that prevent and combat genocide ideology that is manifested through denial and negation.
Speaking at the event that took place at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Parfait Gahamanyi, the Charge d’Affaires a.i at The Rwandan Embassy in The Hague, urged the community to differentiate between those who participate and perpetuate Genocide or violence.
“The international community is urged to put in place in all states, an adequate legal framework for preventing and combating genocide ideology that manifests itself through the denial and negation. In order for us to eradicate the culture of impunity, to reduce causes of trauma and bring about true reconciliation, the perpetrators of genocide must be brought to justice,” Gahamanyi is quoted in a statement.
“The best way to honour the victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi is to combine our efforts to banish forever the ideology of genocide wherever it may come from so that Never Again becomes a reality,” he added.
The ceremony was attended by the Rector of the ISS University, Prof Louk de la Rive Box, Rwandan students at ISS, the Rwandan Diaspora and several other dignitaries, among them Government officials.
The participants were further encouraged to be at the forefront of spearheading the development efforts and management of trauma that emerged after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.