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DPC Urges Ngororero Residents to do away with Genocide Ideologies

The District Police Commander (DPC) of Ngororero, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Marc Gasangwa has told residents that fighting genocide ideology is a responsibility for all and urged them to always report anyone who denies or minimizes the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Pictures and names of some of the people that perished during the 1994 Rwanda Genocide.

The DPC made the remarks on April 10 during a commemoration event in Ngororero that was attended by over 6000 mourners.

He urged them to depict the theme Fighting Genocide Ideology to report anyone who utters genocidal ideologies, negation and denial.

“You are reminded to stand together and fight against any form of action aimed at negating the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi,” said SSP Gasangwa.

“These acts that negate the Genocide are disrespectful to those who perished, survivors and all Rwandans and can’t be tolerated… we should all stand as one against it and say Never Again,” he added.

“As a community, we all have the obligation to care for genocide survivors and protect them against those with ill intentions. We appeal to you all work with Police and other security organs to fight anyone with intentions that undermine the Rwandan values, open the wounds of the survivors and threaten their lives.”

He also enlightened them on the law 84/2013 of September 2013, which penalizes genocide ideology and other related crimes like negation, minimizing and incitement to commit genocide.

In its article 3, genocide ideology is defined as “any deliberate act, committed in public whether orally, written or video means or by any other means which may show that a person is characterized by ethnic, religious, nationality or racial-based with the aim to advocate for the commission of genocide and support the genocide.

Any act committed in public with the intent to encourage, influence, induce or coerce another person to commit genocide, constitutes incitement to commit genocide under article 4.

Negation of genocide, under article 5, can be “any deliberate act committed in public aiming at stating or explaining that genocide is not genocide; deliberately misconstruing the facts about genocide for the purpose of misleading the public; supporting a double genocide theory for Rwanda; and stating or explaining that genocide committed against the Tutsi was not planned.”

Minimizing genocide ideology, on the other hand, can be downplaying the gravity or consequences of genocide and the methods through which genocide was committed, under article 5.

Under article 135 of the penal code, "any person who commits the crime of genocide ideology and other related offences shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of more than five to nine years and a fine of one hundred thousand (100,000) to one million (1,000, 000) Rwandan francs.

By Robert Muriisa, RNP.

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