On 3 May 2018, the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in The Hague continued with the Kwibuka24 program in the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) with a lecture given by H.E. Ambassador Jean Pierre KARABARANGA, which was attended by more than 150 students from the VU-Vrije Universiteit, the Amsterdam College University and the UVA-University of Amsterdam.
The lecture was titled: 'The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda: The planification, the execution, denial and impunity. Never again?' and was part of the framework of the honours course 'International Development the Centre for International Cooperation'.
In this lecture, Ambassador Jean Pierre KARABARANGA talked about the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. He addressed different aspects of the Genocide and also discussed the meaning of the Genocide in the current political context of Africa. His lecture was closely linked to this year's University's theme on 'Conflict Mitigation, Resolution and Transformation'.
During his lecture the Ambassador highlighted “the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi shocked the world because of its immensity and atrocities committed. However, it was not a sudden or spontaneous eruption of savage violence. Like with other cases of Genocides in other parts of the world, it was prepared and executed following a pre-established plan.”
Further Ambassador KARABARANGA explained how the pre-established Genocide plan had evolved over time and touched on the role of the media and the international community that failed to prevent the Genocide against the Tutsi from happening. Ambassador KARABARANGA also talked about how the Genocide deniers and revisionists try to hide the truth with the aim of spreading a new narrative whilst downplaying the responsibility of the perpetrators. Twenty-four years later Rwanda has risen from the ashes of the Genocide against the Tutsi and has progressed from an almost failed state to a fast-growing economy with an annual growth in its GDP of at least 8 percent.
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The Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in The Hague invites everyone to be part of a global community, to share the story of the Genocide against the Tutsi and create a powerful voice for the world to hear. As a new generation emerges we will ensure the lives of those lost are remembered through our actions today. Kwibuka24 calls on the global community to stand together against Genocide. Join Rwanda in Kwibuka activities. Follow @KwibukaRwanda for updated information on #Kwibuka24.