“The 71st Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide: The Continuing Phenomenon of Genocide Denial and Ideology”- RHIH Community contribution in the prevention of genocide ideology and genocide denial.
On , Thursday, 12/12/2019, RHIH community received public lecture delivered by the visitor who was representative of senate chamber in Parliament of Rwanda named Honorable Senator UWIMANA Consolee on “The 71st Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide :The Continuing Phenomenon of Genocide Denial and Ideology”
The public lecture was started by prayer headed by Dr. Innocent Dushimiyimana, Fr. (Vice –Chancellor of RHIH) who welcomed the guest of honor and provided Key notes by addressing an overview on how since 2013, the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) has collaborated with Higher Learning Institutions (HLIs) across Rwanda including RHIH to hold public lectures on the 9th of December every year. In the program HLI, with support from CNLG and the Ministry of Education, held a public lectures on what they as institutions can do to aid in the prevention of genocide ideology and genocide denial.
All lecture, discussion, Questions, comments and feedback were delivered under moderation of Mr. Denys ABAZIMANA (In charge of academic Quality assurance in RHIH).
The guest of honor started by telling present participants that Rwanda has experience bad historical perspective that lead to 1994 Rwanda Tutsi Genocide. She emphasized that the youth especially those who are studying in higher learning institution in Rwanda have a great role to play in fight against Genocide ideology and genocide denial among population. They should be initiated, encouraged and empowered with culture of reading, writing and publishing the topic related to history 1994 Rwanda Tutsi Genocide by demonstrating clearly its preparation and implementation in all aspects at worldwide level with aim to create public awareness for the prevention of genocide ideology and genocide denial for better mind among current and future generations who are responsible to change them positively . She gave an example of good driver who use mirror to look at back and side for fight against the occurrence of an accident and past learnt lesson should help us to build bright future.
She use an interactive session as participating teaching methodology where she ask the opinions from audience on what is Genocide and what is strategies in place for fight against Rwanda Tutsi Genocide from global to national as well as household level in all feature ? And she explained that its etiology come from Greek “Genos” (people) + Latin suffix “-cide” (to kill). According to Article II of the Genocide Convention the definition for the crime of genocide contains two elements:
- A mental element: the “intent to destroy, in whole or in part a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such”;
- A physical element: which includes the following five acts: 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 as well as Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
She explained that UN respond on issues by setting the Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
She continued by describing in details the objectives of lecture where she emphasized that the lecture framework aimed to enable students and ordinary Rwandans to gain access to information on the preparation and execution of the Genocide against the Tutsi; To offer a space for dialogue on the importance of prevention, and the development of solutions and strategies to fight against genocide denial and genocide ideology as well as share knowledge on the current understandings of prevention and punishment of genocide.
At the she asked all students and staff of RHIH about existence of Never Again Clubs in RHIH Community and its status in the progress to date in efforts to combat genocide denial and genocide ideology on campus and in their local communities and Representative Club reported that it is well functioning , supported by RHIH management and serving community.
The last session was consisting with questions, inputs, reflections and opinions from audiences where their ideas showed that they lecture has been capture well: They asked if the country has set a strategy to decentralize the program at village level and home for fights against Genocide denial and genocide ideology and Facilitator used to provide their inputs for more clarification.
All participants and RHIH administration thanks the guest of honor and appreciate her good teaching methodology and suggested to her to come back frequently.