Archive for September, 2010

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by Israel W. Charny

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Abstract
Denials of known genocides are not only the work of bigots, such as antisemites and neo-nazis who deny the Holocaust or Turkish ideologues who deny the history of the Armenian Genocide, but are voiced by many people in all walks of life, and even by bona fide respectable academicians. It is important to understand the motivations and thinking and mind formulations through which such denials are constructed and promoted. The present paper focuses on a concept of ‘innocent denial’ where the denier really may not be consciously entirely aware of the facts and not necessarily aware of their personal interests in choosing to join with deniers of a known genocide. (more…)

By Alex Alvarez

Good morning. First of all, let me say how honored I am to be here in such distinguished company. I wish to thank the science department of the Österreichischer Rundfunk; the federal ministry of science, education, and culture; the town of Vienna; and the Hans Jonas-gesellschaft for organizing and sponsoring this important conference. My special thanks also to Dr. Erich Loewy, Dr. Martin Bernhofer, and Renate Pfaller for their logistical support.

I would like to spend a few minutes talking with you about the role that social elites play in legitimating genocide. It is by now well recognized that genocide requires the active participation of many members of a society and the passive acquiescence of many more. (more…)

By Edwin Musoni of The New Times Friday 17th of September, 2010

KIGALI – Prosecutor General, Martin Ngoga, has said Wednesday’s decision by a French court to release Eugene Rwamucyo, suspected of involvement in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, is clearly disrespectful to Rwanda. He said that the refusal to extradite Rwamucyo is not based on lack of evidence, but lack of trust in the Rwandan justice system to handle a Genocide case. “This is purely another case of how European jurisdictions continue to disrespect the justice systems of Rwanda. I would say it is their general attitude towards African jurisdictions,” he said. (more…)

By: Tom Ndahiro

Genocidaires have always justified the extermination of the Tutsi. Victims are blamed to have been behind the death of  their president. The murder in cold blood of ten or eleven Belgians soldiers had also to be validated. On 20 April 1994, a Radio, Voix du Zaire, had an “Exclusive” Interview with Rwandan Ambassador to Zaire, Etienne Sengegera. In this long interview, with assent he accused the Belgians supposedly with United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR) as the ones who killed presidents Juvenal Habyarimana and his counterpart, Cyprien Ntaryamira from Burundi.  A week later same accusations were made by a minister in the genocidaire government, Mr. Augustin Ngirabatware. (more…)

By Tom Ndahiro

On April 8, 2004, as part of the 10th commemoration of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, the President of the International Crisis Group (ICG) Gareth Evans and Stephen Ellis, ICG’s Africa Program Director published an article with a title:  ‘The Rwandan Genocide: Memory Is Not Enough’[1] The article reminds: “Each time such an atrocity happens, we look back wondering, with varying degrees of incomprehension, horror, anger and shame, how we could have let it all happen. And then we let it happen all over again.” The two authors maintain that something more than memory is required if another cataclysmic genocide was not to happen, sooner or later somewhere in world. They recommend “effective action” and also reiterated “the need for vigilance is nowhere greater than in Africa, where a genocidal ideology is far from dead, particularly in Central Africa.” (more…)

By: Tom Ndahiro

Introduction

Between April and July 1994, the world tried to ignore the annihilation of Tutsi in Rwanda. Today, it is impossible for anyone to forget the genocide. In particular, for survivors – those I call “living victims” – the genocide is a daily reality: it stole their friends and relatives, their plans and aspirations, and continues to haunt them. Raphael Lemkin argued that genocide is coordinated plans to destroy the essential foundations of the life of a group so that it withers and dies like a plant that has suffered blight. Genocide is a crime against all of humankind; against all notions of human civilisation. But it is also a deeply personal crime committed against individuals who re-live the memories of the genocide like a vicious, recurring nightmare. Survivors remain victims of the perpetrators, many of whose ongoing preoccupation is to alter or erase the world’s memory of the genocide. (more…)

By: Tom Ndahiro

In early March 2010, I attended a forum in Arusha, Tanzania, which discussed genocide prevention. (more…)