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International conference on Genocide opens today in Kigali

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By Robert Mugabe

newsdesk@greatlakesvoice.com

Kigali, RWANDA-the two days international conference on 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi has kicked on today calling the world to fight Genocide ideology mainly passed through education.

The conference kicks on only in two days before the 18th commemoration of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi with the theme: “18 Years after Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi-Reflections and Reflections.”

The symposium is taking place at Serena Hotel in Rwanda’s capital Kigali has attracted local and international academicians, researchers, Cabinet Ministers, and diplomatic corps including the advisor to the United Nations Secretary General on Genocide Francis Deng.

Opening the conference, Rwanda’s Prime Minister said that “Rwanda government conducts the international conference on Genocide annually to really understand all causes of Genocide.”

The conference is pondering on the causes of Genocide, hate speech, causes of divisionism, negationism, education and violence.

“In 2011, we have witnessed the defeat of negationists who were trying to divert from the truth.” Prime Minister said

It’s in this conference where Health Minister Agnes Binagwaho raised a controversial statement saying that “the fear of change that was used to incite the community to rise against others was more in Belgium than Kigali.”

The symposium is also revising the role of the various literatures on Genocide and genocide ideology. The strategy used by extremists to use designed pictures to portray and spread hate ideology.

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