“Paul Kagame Genocide: Fighting Genocide Denial and Ideology in Rwanda”

1. Paul Kagame calls for combating genocide denial

The Rwandan President,paul kagame , urged the international community to fight against denial, revisionism and discourse hatred linked to the genocide. He underlined the dangerousness of these attempts to hide the truth and insisted on the importance of cultivating and preserving unity for a better future.

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2. Commemoration of the 29th anniversary of the 1994 genocide

At an event marking the 29th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Kagame expressed concern over the persistence violence and hate speech in the region. He also spoke of the international community's indifference to these problems.

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3. The situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kagame's remarks referred to the situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where ethnic Congolese Tutsis are targeted in fighting between government forces and M23 rebels. Rwanda is also concerned about the presence of Rwandan rebels from Democratic forces of release from Rwanda (FDLR) In the region.

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4. The importance of fighting revisionism and denial

Paul Kagame stressed the need to fight against revisionist ideologies and genocide denial, as this contributes to the repetition of history. He urged the international community to take action to prevent such atrocities from happening again.

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5. Commemorations of the genocide in Rwanda

Commemorative ceremonies were held throughout the country to honor the victims of the genocide. President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame attended the main event at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where over 250 victims are buried. The “Flame of Remembrance” has been lit and will burn for 000 days as a symbol of hope.

Kigali Genocide Memorial—African Center for Peace | MASS Design Group

In conclusion, it is essential to remember history and take action to combat denial, revisionism and the rhetoric of h
Before colonization, the sub-region was ruled by kings.

The extent of the kingdom was determined in two ways: by the order of arrival of a people on the scene and by their ability to conquer new territories.

 “People moved through this space and settled where they found pasture for livestock or land to cultivate,” explains Professor Jean Kambayi Bwatshia, history teacher at the National Pedagogical University of Kinshasa.

During the Berlin conference in 1885, the cutting of borders changed the configuration of the region.

 “To decide on the borders between the countries, it was necessary to be based on natural limits, easy to detect”, explains Dr. Eric Ndushabandi, researcher at the Center for Research and Dialogue for Peace based in Kigali.

 "In this specific case, it was therefore necessary to push the limits of what the kingdom of Rwanda was towards volcanoes, mountains, lakes and rivers," he adds.

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Suddenly, families found themselves separated on both sides of the border while keeping their languages, their cultures and their lands.

 "This is how some will be called Rwandophone Zairians, because they speak the Kinyarwanda »; explains Eric Ndushabandi.

The management of local power by the settlers contributed to tensions between the majority peoples, the Hutus, and the Tutsis, who were in the minority.

Professor Bwatshia argues that “the problems of this geographical space stem from the enmity, the need for revenge and the hatred surrounding the bloody struggles for power. »

He illustrates his remarks with the ethnic violence of 1959 to 1961 which allowed the Hutu majority to take power and forced members of the Tutsi minority to take refuge in neighboring countries.

These conflicts of the past gave rise to prejudices which still circulate today between local communities, lending to one or another camp the intentions of invading the space and the wealth of the other, explains a report by the NGO international Interpeace on the manipulation of identities in the Great Lakes region.

The report was published in October 2013. It also points to the manipulation of these stereotypes by politicians, thus creating an ethno-political conflict.

These prejudices distort the perception of the other and reinforce the fear of one's neighbour. This creates a certain mistrust between the populations.