Rwanda calls for collective responsibility to fight genocide denial

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-03 21:57:37|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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KIGALI, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- It is a collective responsibility to fight genocide denial and trivialization, said Senate president Bernard Makuza on Thursday at a ceremony to release a report, adding that government remains firm in fighting the crimes.

Genocide deniers of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi and those trivializing it have adopted the use of modern technology including social media and main media outlets to propagate their ideas outside the country, said a report released here on Thursday by Rwanda's Senate.

Traditional media such as radios and television stations propagating genocide denial and trivialization ideas abroad were opened by Rwandans in exile, said the report, which presented findings of a research that is aimed to establish the status of denial and trivialization of the Rwandan genocide abroad and come up with ways of countering it.

Genocide denial and trivialization abroad is also often perpetuated through books and public debates, the report showed.

Senator Michel Rugema, president of Senate's foreign affairs commission, said many genocide deniers use verbal utterances aimed at creating confusion in people's minds and negating the genocide.

The report also called on the authorities to strengthen capacity of Rwandan embassies abroad to enable them to rally Rwandans in diaspora toward the governments' unity and reconciliation programs as well as annual genocide commemorative events.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi that left about 1 million people dead.