Languages : Français| Kinyarwanda

#Kwibuka25: The Office of the Ombudsman Joined other Justice sector Institutions in commemorating the Victims of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi
Viewed : 4 times

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.







 + Brief note on a courtesy call of Dr. Ron Adam, ambassador of the state of Israel at the Office of The Ombudsman on March 5, 2020
 + The Office of The Ombudsman has updated the Delegation from Mozambique on the Leadership code of Conduct and anti-corruption measures
 + Members of the Justice Sector have identified Corruption gaps
 + Staff of the Office of The Ombudsman met General Fred IBINGIRA for the discussions on the heroic values of heroes of Rwanda
 + The Office of the Ombudsman discussed its 2018-2019 annual report with The Committee on Political Affairs and Gender in the Parliament of Rwanda.
 + Rwanda has started a campaign week on the Access to Information law
 + Kwibuka 26
 + Rwanda attended The Anti-corruption conference at ABU DHABI
 + Rwanda to host the 4th Anti-Corruption Awards summit
 + The Sweden Ambassador paid a courtesy visit to the Office of The Ombudsman
 + Video:Justice Caravan in 5 Districts
 + Umuganda of July 2018: The Office joined Nyabihu Citizens
 + 11th July, Rwanda along with Africa is celebrating Africa Anti-corruption Day for the First time
 + The Office of The Ombudsman has signed the Memorandum of understanding with Transparency International- Rwanda Chapter
 + The Office of the Ombudsman in an Anti-Injustice campaign week in Ruhango District
 + China Global Television Network to cover stories on corruption free Rwanda journey
 + Office of The Ombudsman is in Nyagatare District/ Eastern Province receiving and analyzing Injustice cases on grassroot level
 + The Ombudsman presented to The Parliament the annual report of the year 2016-2017 and the action plan of the year 2017-2018.
 + The Office of the Ombudsman is fighting against corruption through media
 + The delegation from the Republic of Mali to learn from Rwanda through The Office of the Ombudsman
 + The Senate of Rwanda has approved Anastase MUREKEZI as the new Ombudsman of Rwanda
 + Comprehend The application for review of final court decisions due to injustice
 + A Delegation from OIF visited the Office of the Ombudsman
 + Office of the Ombudsman to be among other Observers during 2017 Presidential Elections in Rwanda
 + Muhanga: Another suspect was arrested involving in Corruption
 + The Office of the Ombudsman received the Delegation from the Puntland state of Somalia
 + For the 10th time, Rwanda will celebrate the international anti corruption day
 + "Private and public collaboration is necessary so that the fight against corruption can be possible" Ombudsman
 + List of shortlisted and not shortlisted candidates on 2 posts
 + Recruitment at the Office of the Ombudsman (NEW)
 + Rwanda improves the score by 5 and comes among the 5 least corrupt countries in Africa
 + Fighting corruption is not only for government institutions ” Deputy Ombudsman tells Eastern Province partners
 + Privates Sector vows to join hands with the Office of the Ombudsman in the fight against corruption in procurement
 + Deadline to declare to the Office of the Ombudsman
 + Gambian Minister of Justice commended the close relationship of the Office of the Ombudsman with other anti corruption institutions
 + The Office of Ombudsman and partners discussed on ways to improve Courts judgement review process
 + Anti Corruption Initiatives of the Office of the Ombudsman
 + Deadline to declare assets to the Office of the Ombudsman
 + "Before you ask the government what it can do for you, first of all what is your contribution?"said an anti corruption club member in youth anti corruption day
 + " Your institution is unique, you are inspiring Africa" Mr Wada Maman, Secretary General of Ti-Niger
 + Merry Christmass and happy new year
 + THE Office of the Ombudsman in 2014 Rwanda International Trade Fair
 + The Office of the Ombudsman in solving injustice cases in Nyagatare District
 + “ Ndi Umunyarwanda is one of the coping strategies with Rwandan Problems” Prof Dusingizemungu Jean Pierre
 + The African Anti-corruption week was launched in Gisagara District.
 + Heads of Anti-corruption institutions reaffirmed their commitment and cooperation towards the prevention and combating of corruption in the East Africa region.
 + Annual General meeting of EAAACA 4th-5th November 2013
 + The Office of the Ombudsman deployed 35 observers in the parliamentary elections
 + Executive Secretary of Nyamasheke District tried to bribe an official at the Office of the Ombudsman
 + “Rwanda is the least corrupt country in Africa” Global corruption barometer 2013
 + EAC delegates say corruption impeding regional integration
 + New Deputy Ombudsman Mr. Musangabatware Clément sworn in
 + The staff of the Office of the Ombudsman were trained on service delivery
 + The staff of the office of the ombudsman to participate in volunteerism policy
 + Lesotho delegation visited the office of the ombudsman.