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#Kwibuka25: The Office of the Ombudsman Joined other Justice sector Institutions in commemorating the Victims of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi
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April 12, 2019 -
The Office of the Ombudsman, Rwanda Law reform Commission and Rwanda Investigation Bureau have joined other Justice sector institutions since this year to commemorate the victims of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

The Ombudsman, Anastase Murekezi along with other authorities laid a wreath on the memorial symbol inscribed with the names of the Victims..

Umuvunyi Mukuru Anastase Murekezi
The slain employees include 47 employees of the judiciary (including the High Court), 16 in the Ministry of Justice, and 34 in the prosecution.

“These numbers convey a message. They remind us that we should not relent in the fight against genocide ideology,” Chief Justice, Prof Sam RUGEGE told members of the judiciary who had gathered for the commemoration event.

Prof. Sam RUGEGE lighting Urumuri rw’Ikizere
“Apart from CNLG which, in particular, has that mandate in its responsibilities, fighting and preventing genocide and its ideology is a responsibility for all of us as institutions making up the justice sector,” he said.

According to the law on the crime of genocide ideology and related crimes that was enacted in 2018, a person who, in public, either verbally, in writing, through images or in any other manner, commits an act that manifests an ideology that supports or advocates for destroying, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, commits an offence.

Upon conviction, the law provides, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than five years and not more than seven years, with a fine of not less than Rwf 500,000 and not more than Rwf 1 million.

Authorities standing ready to lay the wreath
He pointed out that the level of unity, reconciliation and good governance which has been achieved in Rwanda is the foundation for development and better future.

However, he warned that Rwandans should not be complacent as there are still people who harbor genocide ideology who are weakening efforts that should build the country.

“It is the responsibility of everyone to fight genocide ideology, hatred, discrimination or anything based on divisionism which can make us backslide into the dark times, which can destroy current achievements,” he observed.


Isabelle Kalihangabo, DSG RIB
Isabelle Kalihangabo, Deputy Secretary General/Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) said the strategies to prevent the genocide ideology, encouraging people to fight it as well as report it sometimes has an impact on change in the numbers of reported cases.

Giving example of genocide ideology, Kalihangabo said that in June [last year], a certain Théoneste Manibyibereyemo told a survivor identified he will kill her and throw her into a toilet headfirst like what had happened to her relatives who were killed and dumped in toilets.

“He went on to say that he will definitely kill her so that only Hutus remain,” she said.

She said that the man was arrested, tried and court sentenced him to four years in prison.

Using social media to counteract genocide ideology

Prof. Sam RUGEGE
Genocide ideology and other divisive content, Rugege said, is disseminated using diverse media channels including radio, publications, as well as social media, indicating that social media is the most used currently.

“As a country that has committed to utilising technology (ICT) in all possible means for development, we should use it more than ever to challenge the genocide ideology, denial and minimisation, the lies intended to tarnish the image of Rwanda as well set us back,” he said.

“All of us, especially the youth, should take the lead in use of social media to put forward to shun the lies of those seeking to destroy the country,” he observed.

He indicated that genocide ideology still exists both in Rwanda and outside the country, especially among Rwandans who escaped justice, and those who seek to destroy Rwanda as well as those who are accomplices.

Many are supported by some countries, politicians, and institutions and schools that give them platform to spread that genocide ideology, she explained.

The 2015 Rwanda Reconciliation Barometer’s findings showed that, on average, reconciliation among Rwandans was at 92.5 per cent in 2015 from 82.3 per cent in 2010.

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