Every year, the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) prepares texts to be used during the period to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda and trains those who will animate them to ensure that commemoration is done smoothly.
It is in this regard that currently, CNLG is training across the Districts in the country, those who will animate the lectures during the 26th commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi.
During these training, those who will animate the lectures get explanations on the contents in the two texts that will be used during the 26th commemoration namely IMITERERE Y’ICYAHA CYA JENOSIDE N’ITEGURWA RYAYO (the Crime of genocide and its preparation) which aims to explain to Rwandans the crime of genocide and its particularity as an extraordinary crime among other crimes of massacres and INGAMBA ZO GUKUMIRA NO GUHANGANA N’INGENGABITEKEREZO YA JENOSIDE MU RWANDA (Strategies to prevent and deal with genocide ideology) which aims to explain to Rwandans how the current trends of genocide ideology manifests in Rwanda and strategies to be taken to deal with it.
In the first lecture that will be given on 7th April 2020, Rwandans in villages across the country will have a clear understanding of the crime of genocide as defined by the international convention of prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide adopted on 9th December 1948. The Convention defines genocide as any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: Killing members of the group; Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
In this lecture, Rwandans will also have a clear understanding of the stages of genocide including classification, symbolization, discrimination, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, persecution extermination and denial of the genocide and how all these stages were applied in preparation and execution of the Genocide against The Tutsi.
In the second lecture that will be given on 9th April 2020, Rwandans will exchange on the crime of genocide ideology and related crimes and the measures put in place to tackle it, and what should be done to definitely stamp it out.
They will also get clear understanding of the crimes related to genocide ideology namely denial of genocide, minimization of genocide, justification of genocide, disposing of or degrading evidence or information relating to genocide, stealing or destroying bodies of the victims of genocide, demolishing, damaging or desecrating a memorial site or a place where bodies of the victims of genocide are laid to rest, violence against a survivor of genocide and how they are dealt with by the law in order to avert them.
During the Genocide and its aftermath, those who took part in its preparation and execution used all possible means to deny it. It in this regard that the Government of Rwanda calls upon all Rwandans and friends of Rwanda to fight whoever intends to deny or minimize the Genocide against the Tutsi.
The 26th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi will run under the theme “Remember -Unite -Renew”