On Wednesday 14th December, University of Technology and Arts of Byumba organized a public lecture ahead of the 69th anniversary of the Convention on Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted by the United Nations General assembly on 9th December 1948 as General Assembly Resolution Nš260 after the Holocaust. The convention entered into force on 12 January 1951.
Mr. NTEZIMANA Alexandre (Assistant Lecturer at UTAB) who gave a lecture, talked about to the eradicating the culture of impunity and the condemnation of the crime of genocide. The participants discussed sharing thoughts on the recognition of the genocide, the legal construction of the crime of genocide in international law, the Gacaca courts/jurisdictions and the state of impunity of the perpetrators of the Genocide against the Tutsi who exiled in the Western countries, its denial as well as the developed arguments. He talks also to the judicial practices and universal jurisdiction, evolution of international practices in punishing the crime of genocide, other crimes against humanities and the meaning of international justice.
He explained how some academicians/ intellectuals were the most who planned the genocide and how education was the channel of explaining the purpose of genocide. He further elaborated on how Rwandans came together after the genocide and vowing to build a peaceful nation with a united people. The Participants emphasized on reinforcement of the genocide studies in the universities and HLIs, where intellectuals play key role in rationalization of unity and reconciliation and fighting genocide ideology.
Father Prof Dr. Nyombayire Faustin, Vice Chancellor of UTAB, thanked Mr. NTEZIMANA Alexandre for his contribution, staff and students for attending the conference. He concluded by reminding the students that they are the first to fight evil for good in order to prepare a better future for the country.