Today is World Human Rights Day. Right now, the rights of genocide survivors to get adequate and prompt reparation remains in limbo. This is obviously in stark violation of article 8 of the human rights declaration that we celebrate today. 25 years after the annihilation of Rwanda’s […]
I read many books about the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi and this is definitely another must-read book. Originally published in French as La femme aux pieds nus, The Barefoot woman is a new English translation of a moving story about a Tutsi woman who did everything to protect her children from the genocide. The author, Scholastique Mukasonga, refuses to let her family’s story be forgotten. Click to read the summary of the book as written by The New York Times’ Parul Sehgal early this week.
Mu myaka 25 ishize, imihango yo kwibuka abazize jenoside yakorewe abatutsi yagiye ihindura isura uko umwaka ushize undi ugataha. Abacitse ku icumu n’imiryango irengera inyungu zabo ni na ko bagiye basa n’abahezwa kurushaho, mu gufata ibyemezo birebana no kwibuka n’imicungire y’ingaruka za jenoside muri rusange. Mu gihe dusatira […]
According to the article that appeared on BBC today, the Netherlands’ state-run rail company NS has agreed to set up a commission to compensate Holocaust survivors for transporting Jews to a Nazi transit camp.
Isn’t this another stark reminder that we, the survivors of Genocide against the Tutsi , need to keep calling for reparation against those who made the extermination of over 1 million Tutsi possible? The list is too long: The Government of Rwanda and its donors, IMF, World Bank, a dozen French and Belgian banks, countries such as France, Egypt, South Africa, UK, China, …that sold weapons to Rwanda during and slightly after genocide, despite the UN arm embargo in 1994…
Now try to answer this question: Should Israel, the state that rose from the ashes of the Holocaust recognize and acknowledge a genocide when it happens to other people? Mass graves where unidentified men, women, and children are lying together are being discovered near Mosul, Kirkuk and Sinjar […]
Sinaherukaga kumva ubuhamya bukora kumutima! Muri iyi video Rasta Rurangirwa Darius (Jah Bone D), aravuga itotezwa yanyuzemo kuva akivuka nk’umututsi, Imfu nyinshi yasimbutse mbere no mugihe cy’irimburabatutsi rya 94. Nubwo imvi zimaze kuba uruyenzi kumutwe we, hari aho agera ikiniga kikamufata, amarira agashoka ava mu maso ye yabonye […]
Aho kuguhomba yaguhombya! Ngiryo izina Kizito Mihigo yahisemo kwita indirimbo ye nshya yasohoye none, nyuma y’imyaka hafi 5 amaze muri gereza. Naherukaga kwandika kuri Kizito Mihigo ubwo namaganaga ikinamico Leta yateguye kuva ashimutswe mu kwezi kwa kane 2015, agatambagizwa imbere y’itangazamakuru asa n’uhatwa kwemera ibyaha, kugeza akatiwe imyaka […]
A co-winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize called Monday for a global fight against genocide and sexual violence, pledging to be a voice for victims around the world. Iraqi Nadia Murad said in her first news conference since accepting the award that she feels […]
The virtues of forgiveness in many different contexts of life are manifold and well known. Forgiveness can encourage and enable healing, peaceful relations, improved individual and social welfare, and psychological well being. But forgiveness is a personal choice and it must not be coerced, whether implicitly or explicitly. […]
Reconciliation and forgiveness became a trending experiment used by the Government of Rwanda and some money-hungry NGOs since the end of the Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi. Soon, the neediest of the survivors became the mouses in the laboratory of forgiveness and reconciliation processes. Today, no single month […]
Watch Corey Harbaugh, a Michigan-based genocide educator, speaking at our annual genocide commemoration event, in remembrance of over 1 million lives lost during the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi. If you would like to learn about one of the darkest chapter in human history through stories, poetry, and […]
Guest post by Jean de Dieu Musabyimana:
Mugihe abacitse kw’icumu tukirwana n’ibikomere ryadusigiye, ubwiyunge n’intero iterwa buri gihe ngo tuyikirize. Harya ubundi uwacitse ku icumu yiyunga nande? Ahatari ubutabera n’imbabazi, nta bwiyunge buhaba! Ibi byombi se byagezweho? Dore uko mbibona…
Ten years ago, the book “The Men Who Killed Me” was published. It gave 17 of the survivors a stage upon which they could share their photos, harrowing experiences, and narrative with the world, to bear witness to the crimes committed against hundreds of thousands of others. Four out of the 17 have sadly deceased already due to…
Kwitwa cyangwa kwiyita uwacitse ku icumu rya jenoside yakorwe abatutsi cyane cyane kubatuye hanze y’u Rwanda bisigaye bisa nkaho ari umudeli ugezweho…
Guest post by Mireille Ishimwe:
The song Mbahoze nte by Uwera Florida was playing in my earphones today, since I learned about the tragic passing of Fabienne Isimbi, a genocide survivor of almost my age. Ishimwe reflects on the tragic passing of her fellow young survivor, the cause of her death, and what it means to other survivors…
The German government yesterday returned human remains of the Herero and Nama genocide victims from present-day Namibia. The remains had been stored in German’s hospitals, museums, and universities for decades for scientific experiments to prove the racial superiority of white Europeans.
As I read about this moving development, I realized that one key factor is strikingly at the core of all major genocides of the 20th century…
China continues to take the best out of Rohingya’s misfortune. This article reveals the disturbing role of China and Russia in the on-going ‘Genocide’ of Rohingya…
What is the modern-day threshold for prosecuting war crimes and genocide? The crimes perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have made that as much of a legal question as a fraught political one. The UN fact-finding mission that interviewed nearly 900 Rohingya eye-witnesses concluded in a damning report […]
Frederick Nietzsche is not usually my favorite philosopher, but he was right when he said ‘’ What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger’’. These survivors are different in many ways but they all share two things in common: They miraculously defied death by Hutu’s machete in 1994 genocide […]
Since 1994 Hategekimana Gervais had eluded authorities that had been looking for him in connection with committing genocide in the current Muhanga district. During the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, the suspect was very instrumental in the gruesome murder of Tutsi at former Nyabikenke Commune. After the genocide, Hategekimana […]
(Watch Video). Today, she would have turned 76 years old. Her name is Alison Des Forges. For many in the human rights world, Dr. Alison Des Forges needs no introduction. This eminent human rights advocate died in a tragic plane crash nearly 10 years ago. Des Forges may […]
The news stories about the passing of Kofi Annan continue to float around in the media. Philip Gourevitch, one of the best writers on Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi makes his voice count as well. He eloquently discusses how Kofi Annan failed to express any shred of remorse towards his actions or inactions during the genocide of Tutsi in Rwanda and other mass atrocities crimes of the 90s. Gourevitch’s piece in the New Yorker today is definitely a must-read. Click to read more.
When I woke up late this morning, the news stories about the death of former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, greeted me. I had to bite my tongue, however, to honestly mourn this man, who, once assumed an office with the power to make decisions of life and […]
Guest post by Olivier U. Bahizi:
Imyaka 25 igiye gushira! Bamwe muri twe twari abana, ubu bashobora kwibuka ibyabaye, abandi tubyumva mu nkuru. Cyakora twese tubona ingaruka zabyo, kuko bamwe twibona turi twenyine, tutagira abo duhamagara ‘papa cyangwa mama’, ni uko tukemera ko ibyo batubwira byabayeho koko: baratwishe! Umuvandimwe wanjye aherutse kugira ikibazo ndibugarukeho muri iyi nyandiko, cyatumye ntekereza byinshi ku rusobe rw’ingaruka za jenoside abarokotse banyuramo. Soma inkuru irambuye…
The National Public Prosecution Authority of Rwanda (NPPA) in 2017-2018 issued 218 indictments against fugitives of the 1994 genocide, Prosecutor General Jean Bosco Mutangana said yesterday on Twitter. Click here to access the list and photos of some of the world’ most dangerous bad guys of our […]
Newly published letters show that the desire to ‘score a PR victory’ – not empathy – was key in decision to offer help to victims of Genocide in 1994. Read more to discover the revealed shameful discussions that were going on in Israel while survivors were still bleeding. The story of Israel arming the ‘‘Genocidaires’’ in 1994 is another disturbing issue that I will discuss in the upcoming posts.
Jenoside igitangira, Abahutu b’iwacu ntabwo bitabiranye ibakwe impuruza yo gutsemba Abatutsi. Byafashe hafi icyumweru kugirango benshi mu Bahutu twari duturanye batangire “gukora” nk’uko babyitaga. Hari abajenosideri-ruharwa bavugwa gake, nyamara nibo leta yifashishije mu gutinyura abandi abahutu basanzwe, kwica nta mpuhwe mu duce dutandukanye tw’igihugu. Abo bicanyi babarirwa mu bihumbi, na magingo aya baridegembya, nta numwe uragezwa imbere y’ubutabera ngo aryozwe ibyaha yakoze. Abo bicanyi ni bande? Bagize ruhare ki muri jenoside? Kuki kubageza imbere y’ubutabera bikomeje kuba agatereranzamba? Mu mirongo mike ikurikira ndagerageza gusubiza ibi bibazo.
A must watch video. The United Nations released a profound video featuring Jacqueline Murekatete, sharing the first survivor testimony at the UN- organised commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi. The only survivor in a family of nine, Murekatete bravely shared her story at the first annual commemoration […]
Watch the 2-minute breathtaking story of Yannick on Spectrum news. A Genocide survivor, Yannick Kabuguza, was 4 years old when machete-wielding Hutu extremists invaded his home in Kigali and killed everyone he loved — his mom, dad, siblings, uncles, aunties and grandma. He was struck with a […]
By Albert Gasake:
During his first-time visit to the Rwanda’s capital Kigali last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a controversial stop at the Genocide Memorial where he paid ‘tribute’ to the victims of Genocide against the Tutsi. While his visit enjoyed a tremendous media coverage, the real disturbing question has gotten no attention at all — The China’s past and current role in genocides, as well as its open hostility towards human rights across the globe. As a genocide survivor myself and rights activist who spend a good chunk of my time writing on social justice issues, I will tell you why President Xi Jinping needs to put actions where his mouth is…
When you think about the word Genocide today, the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi by Hutus and the Holocaust by the Nazis pops up quickly in mind. Very few know the first genocide of the 20 th century that wiped out over 80% of indigenous Namibians– Herero and Namaqua. A textbook genocide also done by the Germans. Learn more…
Eric Kamuzinzi, (37-year old now), is a genocide survivor who RECENTLY discovered a surprising photograph of himself when he was only 13 years old amidst the 1994 Rwanda Genocide against the Tutsi. He tells a heartbreaking story of his survival and tremendous resilience.
While I strongly disagree with de-criminalizing Holocaust and genocide denial, I think this piece that appeared in Washington Post today is worth reading. Unlike the author, I think Zuckerberg was absolutely wrong when he said he wouldn’t remove Holocaust deniers from his platform, claiming some aren’t “intentionally getting it wrong.” […]
Last week, my co-worker asked me for a recommendation of top 5 books on Genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda. This a tough question to answer since there are a lot of great options out there. From my personal experience tough, here is my top 5 recommendation. The order […]
Dr. Philippe Basabose, Umwarimu akaba n’umuyobozi w’ishami ry’indimi, ubuvanganzo n’umuco muri Kaminuza ya Memorial mu gihugu cya Canada munyandiko yasohoye kuri uyu wa gatandatu arasesengura ingingo zikomeye zirimo ubutabera, kwibuka, imbabazi, n’ubwiyunge nyuma ya Jenoside yakorewe abatutsi mu Rwanda. Kanda hano usome Inyandiko irambuye ya Dr. Basabose. Dr. Basabose aragira […]
Kizito Mihigo/ Photo internet Kigali Friday 27/02/2014: A well-known Rwandan singer and a genocide survivor Kizito Mihigo, has been sentenced to ten years in prison by a high court in Kigali for his alleged involvement in a conspiracy to murder government officials including President Paul Kagame. Mihigo has […]
The 2015 human rights’ world report indicates that Rwanda continues to target anyone suspected to have any link with opponents. Genocide survivors were not spared too. Many young survivors have been killed or detained in secret detentions centers. Those include but not limited to Ingabire Charles, a young […]
Justus Uwayesu, rescued at 9 from the streets of Rwanda, is enrolled as a freshman at Harvard.Credit Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist for The New York Times The New York Times BOSTON — Nine years old and orphaned by ethnic genocide, he was living in a burned-out car in a […]
Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, Ministiri w’intebe ucyuye igihe. Photo Ihinduka ry’abagize guverinoma ryabaye kuri uyu wa kane taliki 24 nyakanga 2014 nta gushidikanya ko ariyo nkuru ikomeje kwiganza mu itangazamakuru ryo mu Rwanda. Nubwo mu gihe cy’imyaka itatu Goverinoma ya Dr. Habumuremyi imaze hari byinshi yagejeje ku barokotse […]
As the world commemorates the 20th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, renewed efforts supporting survivors to realize their right to reparation are gaining traction. Following a call from victim organisations in Rwanda for increased attention to the lack of a comprehensive reparation effort for […]
Rucagu Boniface/Photo internet Mu gihe urubanza rwa Senateri NZIRASANAHO Anastase wahamijwe icyaha cya jenoside agakatirwa igihano cyo gufungwa burundu y’umwihariko rukomeje mu rukiko rukuru, hakomeje kwibazwa niba bwana RUCAGU Boniface na Generali GATSINZI Marcel nabo baba bagiye kuburanishwa ku byaha bya jenoside bakekwaho. Kimwe na Senateri NZIRASANAHO, bwana […]
Photo: Uwacitse ku icumu n’umwana we mu nzu yabo iva imbere y’ikidendezi cy’amazi yaretse mu ruganiriro. Kibirizi, Gisagara. Raporo y’umugenzuzi mukuru w’imari ya Leta y’umwaka w’imari turangije wa 2013-2014 nkuko bimaze kumenyerwa yongeye kugaragaza imicungire idahwitse y’ amafaranga na gahunda zagenewe gutera inkunga abacitse ku icumu rya […]
Mu ijoro ry’ejo ku itariki ya 06, ukuboza, 2013, uwacitse ku icumu rya jenoside witwa Leonard Ntagorama wo kigero cy’imyaka 42 yishwe atewe ibyuma. Ntagorama usize abana bagera kuri batanu yari umuyobozi w’umuryango IBUKA mu tugari twa Busoro na Karama two mu murenge wa Buyoga, akarere ka Rulindo, […]
Reflections on Article 8 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the right to effective remedy for survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda to mark Human Rights Day
Yesterday marked the 64th anniversary of the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which Human Rights Day marks each year on 10th December. The UDHR came into effect in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust and World War II, on December 10, 1948. […]
Today December 07, 2018, marks the 70th Anniversary of the 1948 Genocide Convention. This same day was designed, the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. Watch the 1-minute video by the UN Chief, Antonio […]
French judges have rejected a bid by survivors of Rwanda’s genocide to reopen an investigation into claims that French troops were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people they had promised to rescue.A source close to the case said Wednesday that three war crimes judges had on […]
This is an exciting and long-awaited news for us the genocide survivors globally! For the first time, two leaders of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia have been convicted of genocide. To make sense of it all, think of them as the Hutu extremist Theoneste Bagosora or Jean Kambanda during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi or Adolph Hitler’s deputies like Heinrich Himmler or Frank Hans during the Holocaust. I noticed another pattern here: Like the Rwandan Hutu ‘genocidaires’ and Nazis criminals, these Cambodian ‘genocidaires’ have no single shred of remorse. They claim to be targets of political persecution…
I had no idea this man carried such a moving story. Yet, we went to the same high school and would bump into each other quite often in Butare, the town we grew up in. Late last week, Peter bravely shared the ordeal he experienced during the 1994 […]
Five people have been arrested in Rwanda for allegedly seeking to bribe and intimidate witnesses in order to overturn a genocide conviction at the UN tribunal in neighboring Tanzania, the court said Wednesday. Read more…