On behalf of the Rwandan Diaspora of Australia to express deep concern and our strongest objection to the by Genocide deniers group.
Honourable Members of Parliament will be aware that 2020 marks the 26th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
Regarding the 1994 Genocide, Human Rights Watch have described it as ‘exceptional in its brutality, in its speed, and in the meticulous organisation with which Hutu extremists set out to destroy the Tutsi minority.’
Speaking further on the Genocide at the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2018, Valentine Rugwabiza emphasised that,
“The more than 1 million people who perished in the genocide were killed in the most horrendous conditions because they belonged to a group that was dehumanized and targeted for total extermination.”
Honourable Members of Parliament and Senators. We draw to your attention that on the 26th January, 2018, the General Assembly of the United Nations reached consensus on the Resolution that the 7th of April be marked as the International Day of Reflection against the Tutsi in Rwanda (recalling also that Hutu and others who opposed it were killed). This date reflects the 7th of April 1994 when the atrocities and genocide began.
The Rwandan Diaspora of Australia therefore expresses its strong objection for the well documented existence of Genocide denialists and propagandists of the double genocide campaign for denying of Genocide against the Tutsi also some of them are from suspects families.
By inviting the terrorist organisations masquerading as political opposition
The Rwandan Diaspora of Australia states unequivocally that there can be no legitimate case for the commemoration on the 6th of April 2019 and any effort to do so stands in contravention to call it Rwandan Genocide.
We endorse the ongoing efforts by diplomatic missions and communities internationally to combat the rising genocide denial across the world. We share the view that, “Denial is part of genocide” and we see it as our responsibility to raise awareness and advocate for Justice.
We urge the Honourable Members of Parliament and Senators respectfully and equally. We urge that you act in accordance with International consensus, and in light of the deep pain and suffering that efforts to deny the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda cause members of the Rwandan diaspora community in Australia (particularly the Tutsi minority and including also those Hutu and others who opposed and suffer in solidarity with us).
We are relying on your leadership and understanding on this issue.
RDA – Chairman