Rwanda is pushing foreign governments to release sensitive documents that contain details of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
The call was made by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe on Monday afternoon.
He requested foreign countries to Rwanda to establish “the truth-and the whole truth-“.
He was speaking to members of the diplomatic community in Rwanda who on Monday afternoon had gathered to commemorate for the 24th time, the genocide against the Tutsi.
Fourty Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Heads of Missions in Rwanda attended the event.
Nduhungirehe asked them avail the archives, correspondence and documents, “your governments may have on the tragedy.”
“Only truth will help us preserving the memory of the genocide and preserving future generations from that tragedy,” he said.
Dr. Jean Damascene Bizimana, the Executive Secretary of Rwanda’s National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), elaborated on the kinds of files Rwanda is looking for.
He said some of the files include embassy cables and UN dossiers and correspondences during and before the genocide.
Meanwhile Minister Nduhungirehe also took the advantage to address an underlying concern of countries that have become safe haven for genocide perpetrators.
He asked them to be advocates for the arrest, prosecution or extradition of the remaining genocide fugitives and the recognition of the genocide as established by the UN.
“We count on you, you who have visited different genocide memorials in the country, you who have interacted with genocide survivors and you who have witnested the consequences of the genocide, to be our advocates,” he said.
South Africa’s ambassador to Rwanda, George Nkosinati Twala, who is also the Dean of the diplomatic community in a Rwanda, echoed the minister’s statement.
Over two decades ago, a tragedy took place here, he said, and the world had looked on, some may say they did not know, but a particular agenda had been planned.
“When artificial differences were pronounced, what was our response? ” he asked. “Silence!”
“When premeditated murder occurred…killings…what was our response ?” he asked again. “Silence!”
He said apart from the world ignoring as over a million Tutsi perished, the world should at least allow and support Rwanda to heal the wound rebuild itself and forge a better future.
“We should join hands and disabuse a narrative that calls the current government a Tutsi-led government,” he said, referring to the ongoing efforts of genocide denial by perpetrators and their supporters.
“We should arrest and repatriate perpetrators, it’s good that some countries are responding,” he said. “The time of breaking the silence has come.”
— Rwanda MFA (@RwandaMFA) June 11, 2018