EDITORIAL: Genocidaires and their supporters should not be given room

“Imprescriptible”, that is the word that quickly comes to mind whenever another Genocide fugitive is extradited or brought to justice.

“Imprescriptible”, that is the word that quickly comes to mind whenever another Genocide fugitive is extradited or brought to justice.

It means that the crime of genocide does not fade with lapse of time. It is eternal and will follow criminals the rest of their time.

 

Once in a while their pas catches up with them as was the case of Leopold Munyakazi who was extradited from the US yesterday.

 

The former university professor is not alone; dozens have found themselves before judicial authorities in the countries they sought refuge.

 

Many have evaded justice because they have managed to build networks of revisionists and godfathers who work tooth and nail to thwart justice.

That is the case of some Dutch lawmakers who are attempting to block the extradition of two Rwandans yet a court had ruled to that effect.

That is where the law on genocide is very conspicuously silent. How does one deal with those who stand in the way of justice?

Many European countries have laws against denying the Holocaust of the Jews but seem to turn the other side when it comes to the Genocide against the Tutsi.

This is where Rwanda should shift its attention, in rallying support to fight revisionism or taking lightly the crime of the century.

There are still many Munyakazis and their supporters out there, and they should not take the day, nor should they be given breathing space.

As mentioned earlier, the crime will never go away nor fade into oblivion, so should our quest to bring all Genocidaires to justice.

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