THE United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMC) has renewed its call for the public to shun discrimination and hatred, calling for peace and reconciliation.
IRMC Principal’s statement on the occasion of the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda noted that it is time to reflect on the dangers of discrimination, hate and genocide ideology and engage in renewing commitment to peace, reconciliation and the prevention of genocide.
Mechanism’s judges and staff mid this week joined the Rwandan people to remember the over 800,000 men, women and children who were murdered in just 100 days. The Mechanism has two branches, one in Arusha, Tanzania and the other in The Hague, The Netherlands.
“The survivors and families of the victims must also be at the centre of our attention. For them, the genocide is not the past, but ever present, from the trauma they still suffer, to the loved ones who will never return but will never be forgotten. As we know, to truly commemorate the victims and survivors, our thoughts on this day must be reflected in action every day,” the statement said.
The Mechanism pledged that it would continue the fight for justice and hold accountable those responsible for the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. It has taken an important step forward in its work with the arrest of Félicien Kabuga in May 2020 after more than 22 years as a fugitive.
His trial by independent and impartial judges is among the most important responsibilities. At the same time, it also continues to support national judiciaries in Rwanda and around the world who remain committed to bringing alleged génocidaires to justice.
“All of us also share an obligation to promote the truth about the genocide and stand against genocide denial. In every classroom, young people must be educated about the consequences of discrimination and hate, and taught to be vigilant against genocide ideology,” it was said in the statement.
“In every part of the public sphere, we must reject genocide denial and all attempts to erase the victims and their suffering. Today, as much as ever before, we must speak with one voice to defend the truth and ensure that genocide denial does not take root in hearts and minds,” the statement read in part.
The day is marked as a remembrance of the suffering of many innocent civilians and the world’s failure to prevent it. The Mechanism joined the world to rededicate to building a better future globally through reconciliation, justice and respect for human rights.
IRMCT expressed its heartfelt support to the people of Rwanda and reaffirmed its pledge to honour the memory of the victims by securing justice on their behalf.