Language version

National

UNCHR Representative’s Message For Rwandans On Genocide Ideology

Advertisement

Published

on

UNHCR Representative to Rwanda Azam Saber has recommended use of individual effort to tell Rwanda’s history to those who are not informed as one of the ways of fighting against the genocide ideology.

He made this remark on Friday during the Commemoration event held at the UNHCR Headquarters to pay tribute to UNHCR workers who were killed in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis.

Saber emphasised that fighting the genocide ideology can be achieved when there is individual role on top of institutional effort. “The role of individuals is a very big force and there is no small or big effort in fighting the ideology. The same way that this force was used to brutally murder people, it can be used to fight the genocide ideology,” he said.

He believes that the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis did not happen abruptly. Instead, he said, it had been planned. “Killing ten thousand people per day just cannot come by accident. It was premeditated. Some people wanted it to happen and it happened.”

Saber called upon everyone to denounce with his or her utmost effort, the genocide ideology.

He said that the genocide shattered the aspirations, hopes, and expectations of those who wanted to live a good future, but were brutally killed.

Therefore, he noted, it so important that we have to fight the ideology of harming people so that every individual who is born on earth regardless of their affiliation or nature. “We human beings never understand, we never learn from our own history. And this is something which is really tragic.” “If we want the slogan never again to happen, the new generation must know the consequences of a mass killing and brutality”.

Meanwhile UNHCR staff laid flowers before the names of 11 victims who were killed, some of whom were UNHCR drivers and humanitarian workers.

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

National

Police Intercepts 88 People At Wedding Reception

Published

on

About 88 people have been intercepted at a wedding reception convened at Green Mountain Biking Garden in Nyamirambo a suburb in the capital Kigali.

According to details, the wedding was of a couple identified as Buregeya Saidi Codo (34 yrs) and Nyampundu Thausie.

Other details showed that apart from the bride and groom, the rest of the group did not test for COVID-19 as prerequisite for attending such an event. This is in addition to violation of physical and social distancing guidelines on COVID-19.

As the norm, all the people that have been at the wedding event will spend the whole night at Amahoro Stadium and will be subjected to other procedures.

Continue Reading

National

Africa Mourns Zambia’s Founding President Kenneth Kaunda

Published

on

The government of the Republic of Zambia has declared 21 days of mourning to honour the life of former President Kenneth Kaunda who died Thursday.

According to the Secretary to the Cabinet and Principal Private Secretary to the president Simon Miti said Dr Kaunda died peacefully at 14:30 hours at the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka, just three years short of a century at 97 years.

Dr Kaunda was Born on April 28, 1924.

President Edgar Lungu said during the period of mourning, all activities of entertainment nature will be suspended and all flags will fly at half-mast.

He said through Cabinet Office, Government will guide the public on details of the funeral and burial programme for the fallen former head of State, taking into consideration the COVID-19 guidelines as prescribed by the Ministry of Health.

President Lungu has since sent his condolences to the family of Dr Kaunda on behalf of Government and Zambians.

Veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga, a former diplomat in Dr Kaunda’s government for many years, said he will remember the former President for his passionate commitment to liberate the continent from colonialism.

“His contribution to Zambia, Africa and the world was huge and was regarded larger than life. He mentored and gave me opportunities at a young age of 21 years,” Mr Mwaanga said in a statement.

Continue Reading

National

New ICC Prosecutor Karim Asad Takes Oath

Published

on

The International Criminal Court officially has a new Prosecutor that begun working on Wednesday after taking oath at a ceremony held at the Seat of the Court in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Karim Asad Ahmad Khan QC a national of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will serve as Prosecutor for a period of nine years.

“I solemnly undertake that I will perform my duties and exercise my powers as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court honourably, faithfully, impartially and conscientiously, and that I will respect the confidentiality of investigations and prosecutions,” Khan declared.

Khan then signed his oath before the ICC Registrar, Mr Peter Lewis, and delivered his first remarks as the Prosecutor of the ICC.

“The Rome Statute architecture is a promise to the future that tomorrow need not be as bleak and sorrowful as yesterday”, stated Prosecutor Khan.

“I am truly and sincerely humbled at my opportunity to serve, and the responsibilities that have been entrusted in me. I will do my outmost to discharge those responsibilities without fear or favour, faithfully and with integrity, and in full conformity with solemn declaration that I have just given”, he added.

Subject to provisions of Article 45 of the Rome Statute, founding treaty of the ICC, the ceremony was held in open court.

The ceremony was presided over by ICC President, Judge Piotr Hofmański.

“While Judges are the ones who ultimately decide on the verdict in each case, it is also true that those cases would never reach the judges without the Prosecutor’s decision to bring them to court,” President Hofmański noted.

He also said that It is the Prosecutor who is responsible for the way in which preliminary examinations, investigations and prosecutions are conducted, and how evidence for the prosecution is selected and presented.

“On behalf of the Court, I offer heartfelt congratulations to Mr Karim Asad Ahmad Khan QC. As President of the Court, I look forward to working with him to strengthen our joint institution”, he added.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Taarifa 300×250

Taarifa 300×250
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending