PRESS RELEASE: Senate to conduct a campaign on its Genocide denial research findings

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Senate to conduct a campaign to disseminate in universities and higher learning institutions, the findings of the research into and strategies to counter different forms of denial and minimization of the Genocide against the Tutsi in foreign countries

From 20 to 23 January 2020, the Senators will be conducting a campaign to disseminate in various universities and higher learning institutions all over the country, the findings of the research conducted by the Senate of Rwanda into forms of and strategies to counter denial and revisionism of the Genocide against the Tutsi in foreign countries.

In this activity, the Senate intends to make known all subjects and the results of the research to leaders, lecturers, researchers, students and staff of the above said institutions and urge them to participate in fighting against Genocide ideology, denial and revisionism of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

According to the research, the press is one of the tools currently being used to vehicle denial and revisionism of the Genocide against the Tutsi. It has turned out that some radio and television stations were founded by leaders of political parties in exile with intent to broadcast an ideology of denial and revisionism of the Genocide against the Tutsi, and that there are international radio and television stations that sometimes broadcast information negating and revising the Genocide against the Tutsi. Apart from radio and television, the research asserts that deniers and revisionists of the Genocide against the Tutsi also use print media, magazine, caricatures/cartoons, open conference, demonstrations and modern means of information through social media.

In this research, the Senate found that most deniers and revisionists of the Genocide against the Tutsi use provocative language against Tutsi, in general, to confuse people's thoughts, especially of those who do not know Rwanda and its history.

The research has shown that denial and revisionism of the Genocide against the Tutsi are currently a way of rejecting the positive transformation in the country after the genocide and also a way to reinforce the idea and the politics that masterminded the genocide are appropriate for Rwandans. These deniers and revisionists also adhere to a conservatism that rejects any idea of politics that eradicates or revises the divisive politics according to which they lived for a long time.

The research into different forms of and strategies to counter denial and revisionism of the Genocide against the Tutsi in foreign countries published in October 2019, was conducted within the framework of putting into practice the main responsibility of the Senate of overseeing the application of fundamental principles stipulated in article 10 of the Constitution of Rwanda of 2003 revised in 2015. This research is related to the fundamental principle of preventing and punishing Genocide crime, fighting against Denial and revisionism of the Genocide against the Tutsi, and eradicating all kind of Genocide ideology.