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European Antiracist Movement joins Rwandans to commemorate Genocide


 A delegation of 16 members of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM) is in visit in Rwanda, to join the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) with all Rwandans to commemorate Genocide against Tutsi.

The delegation was received on April 3rd, by Dr. Diogène Bideri, Senior Legal Adviser to the Commission, who explained to them the functioning, mission and vision of the CNLG, and the challenges it encounters.

He also explained the history of the Genocide against the Tutsi and the measures taken to prevent the Genocide by fighting its ideology, in particular the denial and trivialization of the Genocide committed against the Tutsi.

He told them that the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda was the result of a politics of hatred and divisions initiated by the colonizers and adopted by successive regimes established after independence until the perpetration of the Genocide in 1994.

He further said that it was necessary to constantly teach people, especially the youth, the history of Genocide in order to build a Rwanda that is free of divisions. Mentioning that there are still some genocidaires condemned by the Gacaca courts who have fled abroad where they live freely and others who should be prosecuted or extradited to Rwanda. He called for active legal cooperation to bring them to book.

Dr Bideri commended members of EGAM for their initiatives in the fight against impunity in Europe and encouraged them to carry on this important work for the memory of the victims.

The European Grassroots Antiracist Movement EGAM was founded in November 2010 in Paris by Benjamin Abtan, a Jew activist for antiracism. Its main objective is to answer the rise in racism, anti-Semitism and populism in Europe and to structure civil society’s commitment to equality and justice.

EGAM gathers the most important antiracist organizations from more than 30 countries all over Europe, inside and outside the European Union. Dozens of organizations have joined and keep sustaining EGAM in its fights.

The founder and president, Benjamin Abtan has been very involved in civil society activism, as President of the French Union of Jewish Students. He has been in Rwanda several time, and visited many memorial sites in Bisesero, Butare and Kigali.

From those visits, Abtan has published a work« Rwanda pour un dialogue des mémoires », Rwanda for memories dialogue, with a preface of Bernard Kouchner, former French Minister of foreign affairs.

Recently this year, with many other signatories, the duo signed a statement, calling international community to end impunity. They were addressing to Catholic church, Europe, and France in particular, where senior genocidaires from Rwanda are freely gathering.

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Jean Baptiste Karegeya





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