Genocide: Rwandans have learnt from experience – Nairobi Envoy

Rwandan case has created awareness that the international community is watching and will not condone leaders who perfect impunity

NAIROBI (Xihua) — Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Kenya George William Kayonga on Tuesday called on the rest of the world to learn from the Rwandan experience and avoid situations that could lead to acts of genocide or crimes against humanity.

The high commissioner made these remarks during a press conference to curtain-raise the Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 in which close to 1 million people were killed in one hundred days.

He said the 17th commemorate is coming at a time for Rwanda as well as the rest of the world to reflect on the causes of the atrocities and avoid making the same mistakes that were made in 1994.

He noted that the Rwandan case has created awareness that the international community is watching and will not condone leaders who perfect impunity.

Rwanda commemorated the 17th Anniversary of the 1994 genocide on April 7.

It is commemorated as the International Day of Reflection on the genocide as mandated by the UN General Assembly in 2003.

In Kenya, the day was marked by public lectures, discussions and documentaries about the genocide.

“It is not a day to celebrate, but to reflect on the genocide and say never again shall it happen,” said the high commissioner.

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