Posts Tagged ‘Rwanda Genocide’

By Bonny Mukombozi

15 April 2011

Nyabihu — Rwandans should draw lessons from the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and focus on shaping their future, the president of the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, Bishop John Rucyahana, said yesterday.

He was speaking to thousands of mourners at Mukamira Genocide memorial site in Nyabihu District, at the reburial of over 40 Genocide victims, whose remains were recovered from the sectors of Mukamira, Karago, and Jenda.

“Despite the pain and frustrations, we need to make sure that we don’t live in the past. We should remember our fallen compatriots with the determination of making a difference. It should not be about to lament, and keep in grief, it is drawing strength out of this grief,” Rucyahana said.

According to testimonies, killings in Bigogwe area started before the 1994 Genocide, like a litmus test, where pro-government militia first put their killing tactics into practice. Hundreds of Tutsi in Bigogwe were subsequently killed and whose remains are still unaccounted for, survivors said.

Out of an estimated 7,000 Tutsi who were killed during the Genocide, in Bigogwe alone, 3,500 victims are yet to be recovered.

“The reality cannot be forgotten or distorted. If you say there was no Genocide, then resurrect the dead. The truth should be the light, to liberate those who killed in order to heal psychological disabilities,” the Bishop added.

Esperance Nyirankundimana, a survivor, recalled how they were hunted with dogs in Giswati forest. “Many died due to the cold, others were eaten by dogs, I grew up wondering whether God was on the Hutu’s side, because, a Tutsi was worthless, and their death meant nothing,” she recollected.

In another testimony, Bosco Ndagijimana, recalled that when his parents and siblings started killing the Tutsi, he risked his life by helping more than ten people to cross to the Democratic Republic of Congo, then known as Zaire.

“I hid in refugee camps,” he narrated, “but later, I turned out to be the most wanted by my fellow Hutus,” Ndagimana observed.

Nyabihu Mayor, Jean Baptista Nsengiyumva, revealed that two bodies were recently recovered under a residential house and requested the residents to volunteer information on where victims were dumped.

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/printable/201104150757.html

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By Edmund Kagire

Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, the leader of the yet-to-be-registered political party, FDU-Inkingi, is delaying the hearing of her own case, The New Times has learnt. (more…)

By James F. Miskel, July 4, 1997

The horror that has in recent months re-engulfed the region along the Rwanda-Burundi-Zaire (RBZ) border ought to be an icy splash in the face of advocates of early warning systems for humanitarian emergencies. Why? Because even though the idea of an early warning system seems to have been widely accepted as conceptually sound, early warning data about the RBZ crisis has been largely ignored. (more…)

By Madalina Elena Nan–October 4, 2010

“The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.” (more…)

First published in Intelligence and National Security, Vol.20, No.3, September 2005, pp.440 – 465.

For most of its history the United Nations was reluctant to deal with intelligence, and major powers were reluctant to share intelligence with it. But as the UN’s peacekeeping operations intensified in some of the world’s hot spots in the early 1990s, the UN found it both necessary and wise to create an information analysis capability at UN headquarters in New York. (more…)

JURIST Guest Columnist Charles Jalloh of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law responds to Peter Erlinder’s article Rwanda: Flawed Elections and the Politics of ‘Genocide Denial’, saying that certain of Erlinder’s criticisms of the ICTR are political or unfounded… (more…)

By Violet K Dixon[1]

“The genocide was a collective act. What made it possible, what made that final political crime possible was the absence, the erasure of seeing the other, of knowing, of feeling, of being with the other. And when that’s removed, then politics can become genocidal.” –James Orbinski on Rwanda (more…)