Global Campaign for Rwandans’ Human Rights (GCRHR) commends the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for unanimously adopting a new resolution during a special meeting devoted to commemorating of 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide on 16th April 2014.
GCRHR also commends the United Nations Security Council call on all countries to recommit to prevent and fight such serious crimes of genocide.
Furthermore GCRHR commends the apology of Ambassador Colin Keating about United Nations Security Council failure to do anything to stop the genocide in 1994. The diplomat, Colin Keating, was the New Zealand ambassador to the Unites Nations and president of the United Nations Security Council in April 1994 apologized on Wednesday for the Council’s.
On the other side despite UNSC continuing statements and declarations of commitment about importance of learning from past failures; GCRHR is very concern and deeply troubled about continuous UNSC ignorance and lack of actions on ‘’vital internal and external credible evidences’’ of oppressions, assassinations attempts and assassinations of political opponents, Human Rights advocates and journalists as well as luck of political and economic space. Those evidences include lack of independent justice system and growing number of Rwandans people seeking asylum abroad since 2000.
These evidences don’t seem to be on mass violence nature, but they reveal important internal and deplorable conditions of Rwandan people in relations to their fundamental rights.
Although we hope that it would not happen again in Rwanda, we should not ignore that most conflicts that have resulted into mass violence, mass displacements of people and mass killings that the world have experienced have been rooted in oppressed people attempts to seek for their freedom and defend their rights and recourse to violence due to the lack of peaceful opportunities to do so.
We call on UNSC to take strong stands against Rwandan government continuous actions to prevent political space and other fundamental freedoms that are important to foundation of sustainable peace.
We call on UNSC to request the Rwandan government to release all political prisoners and undertake steps that would bring about a true democracy in collaborations with all political and civil society sections.
We call on UNSC to support and to ensure Rwanda achieve its true reconciliation, through truth telling and free and fair justice guided by rule of law.
Driven by its duty to protect, prevent atrocities and violence the UNSC should not fail to act on Rwanda, blinded by the current Rwanda participation in UN peace keeping missions across the world and Rwanda government constant and determination to remind the UNSC failure to stop the genocide 1994.
UNSC failure to do so in timely and effective manner has high risk to lead to other apologies to Rwandan people for failure to act.