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Rwanda calls for collective responsibility to fight genocide denial

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(/NAN) Senate president, Bernard Makuza, says it is a collective responsibility to fight genocide denial and trivialisation.

Makuza said this on Thursday at a ceremony to release a report, adding that government remains firm in fighting the crimes.

Deniers of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi and those trivialising it have adopted the use of modern technology.

This including social media and main media outlets to propagate their ideas outside the country, said a report released on Thursday by Rwanda’s Senate.

Traditional media such as radios and television stations propagating genocide denial and trivialisation ideas abroad were opened by Rwandans in exile said the report.

The reports which presented findings of a research that is aimed to establish the status of denial and trivialisation of the Rwandan genocide abroad and come up with ways of countering it.

Genocide denial and trivialisation abroad is also often perpetuated through books and public debates, the report showed.

Senator Michel Rugema, president of Senate’s foreign affairs commission, said many genocide deniers use verbal utterances aimed at creating confusion in people’s minds and negating the genocide.

The report also called on the authorities to strengthen capacity of Rwandan embassies abroad to enable them to rally Rwandans in the diaspora toward the governments’ unity and reconciliation programs as well as annual genocide commemorative events.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi that left about 1 million people dead. (/NAN)

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Edited by Halima Sheji

 

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