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Africa: Commonwealth countries urged to help arrest genocide fugitives

Activists and survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda are urging Kigali leaders for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to help arrest all alleged genocide perpetrators hiding in their country.

Their call came on Wednesday, June 22, a day after the Prince of Wales and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrived in Kigali.

Egide Nkuranga, Acting President of Ibuka, the umbrella organization of Genocide Survivors Associations, said: “There are many perpetrators of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi who are still at large in some Commonwealth countries such as the England, Australia and others.

“What we ask the leaders (of these countries) is that they arrest those suspected of having committed the genocide and send them to Rwanda to be tried there or that they seize the courts in their own country. “

Egide Mutabazi, 46, a genocide survivor from Ngoma district, said, “It is great that they have honored the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi at Rwanda’s main memorial. However, it is a shame for the UK to still harbor the perpetrators of this genocide. genocide.

“It’s unbelievable that the UK can’t try them or transfer them [to Rwanda] for righteousness. Justice delayed is justice denied.”

A decision is still pending on five extradition cases of Rwandan genocide suspects – Dr Vincent Bajinya, Celestin Ugirashebuja, Charles Munyaneza, Emmanuel Nteziryayo and Celestin Mutabaruka – living in the UK.

Speaking at an event marking the 28th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi earlier in April, Rwanda’s High Commissioner to the UK, Johnston Busingye, called on the country’s government to invest more efforts to bring to justice fugitives of the genocide who are at large.

According to Ibuka, it also doesn’t serve justice when fugitives die before they have their day in court to answer for what they did.

Egide Gatari, president of the Association of Former Genocide Survivor Students (GAERG), told The New Times that all they ask is that all suspected fugitive genocidaires be brought to justice.

Niwegaju Sinzi Greiner, an activist who recently launched a petition to the Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly urging him not to give genocide deniers a platform in the state, is distressed that a genocide denier , Amiel Nubaha, the son of a genocide suspect in Australia is considered a hero.

Nubaha’s father, Froduard Rukeshangabo, lives in Australia. Rukeshangabo is accused of directing the mass murder and torture of Tutsi in Eastern Province during the 1994 genocide.

Niwegaju said: “Many Commonwealth countries pride themselves on their values, their respect for the rule of law and fundamental principles such as justice and fairness.

“But turning a blind eye to the genocidaires among them is a betrayal of the very principles on which they are founded.”

Yolanda Mukagasana, President of the Yolanda Mukagasana Foundation, whose objectives include the fight against Holocaust denial and revisionism of the 1994 Genocide, said: “Thank you Prince Charles and Madame for laying flowers at the Gisozi Memorial where the victims are buried. of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi, including my husband and all my children.”

“But I’d like to see you pledge to do them justice because some of their killers live nice and quiet lives in the world, even in England.”

As well as the Royals, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lead his country’s delegation to the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Globally, there are over 1,400 arrest warrants issued by the Rwandan government.