CONFERENCE ON THE 67th ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON THE PREVENTION AND PUNISHMENT OF THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE
As the whole world commemorates the 67th anniversary of the international convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide today on 09/12/2015, ULK/Gisenyi Campus found it worthwhile giving this day a special attention by organizing a conference.
Unlike the previous years, presenters from outside were not brought in. Instead, Dr RUTERAHAGUSHA Roger and Mr. SEBUHURA Alexandre, both lecturers at ULK, availed themselves to give a joint presentation on the theme.
In his opening remarks, Dr. MUNYAMASOKO Cyeze Emmanuel emphasized the utmost value of conferences within university environment and requested the students in attendance to ascertain they always participate in any conference organized on the campus in their favour.
Given the floor, Mr. SEBUHURA Alexandre made it clear that genocide is a process that develops in eight stages; classification, symbolization, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, extermination and denial. He elaborated on each stage and everything considered he concluded that genocide is organized by the State, not by an individual.
“It’s no wonder the genocide against the Tutsi didn’t occur abruptly. Instead, it was systematically planned by the then government (…)”, he emphasized. Eventually, Mr. SEBUHURA Alexandre reminded the audience of the great fight each patriotic Rwandan has to join. As a matter of fact, the fight is about “genocide denial.”
Dr RUTERAHAGUSHA Roger, the second presenter, shed more light on genocide denial and called upon participants to strongly fight anyone who dares deny and/or lessen the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi. Most importantly, he led participants to state strategies to prevent genocide denial.
Good to say, several strategies were voiced; making use of social networks to contradict falsehoods made against the genocide against the Tutsi, making sure “Never Again Club” operating within ULK extends its activities to reach the outside community, just to mention among others.
To wind up, Dr MUNYAMASOKO Cyeze Emmanuel succinctly recalled the consequences of genocide against the Tutsi. To this, he beseeched participants to stand together and say, never again. As ULK/Gisenyi’s Never Again Club is concerned, he urged each and every participant to join it. It is on this invitation note that the conference was brought to close.