Statement on the Belgian Special Parliamentary Commission on its colonial past

|   Chamber Of Deputies

Kigali, 10 August 2020 - The Parliament of Rwanda welcomes the initiative of the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of Belgium to establish a Special Parliamentary Commission to examine Belgium's colonial past in Congo, Rwanda and Burundi, its consequences and the responses to be made thereto. This underscores the importance of historical clarity and collective memory as prerequisites for forging a healthy future of mutual benefit and respect.

However, the Parliament of Rwanda is concerned by the inclusion in the Group of Experts, that will assist the Special Commission, of a known genocide denier whose known “expertise” is the distortion of the recent history of Rwanda, and who belongs to an organisation whose mission is the denial and revision of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The Parliament of Rwanda wishes to inform the Belgian House of Representatives that in view of the circumstances above, it already has reservations about the outcome of the work of the Special Commission. 

The Parliament of Rwanda reiterates its willingness to further strengthen the existing relations with the Belgian House of Representatives.