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April 6-12, 2015

Media Monitoring Report for Rwanda
Posted on April 20, 2015

Compiled by Berta Fürstová

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  • To date 25 arrested over genocide ideology during the commemoration period

Private but pro-government newspapers

New Times, 10th April 2015

“‘Kwibuka 21: 25 held over genocide ideology” by Michel Nkurunziza

  • Rwandan police have reminded the public to fight against actions that negate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, as well as provide information to Police about any individual or group of people suspected of committing crimes against Genocide survivors.
  • “We call upon Rwandans to provide timely information to Police on anyone or group of people with intentions to perform such acts that undermine the Rwandan values, open the wounds of the survivors and threaten their lives,” said Police spokesperson Celestin Twahirwa.
  • Since the beginning of the 21st commemoration of the Genocide 25 people were arrested over allegations of conducting violent acts and threats against Genocide survivors in various parts of the country.
  • Cases of harassing Genocide survivors during the commemoration period had been rampant in the previous years, but have of late been on the decline. Last year, according to Police statistics, 138 cases of genocide ideology were recorded in the country and 36 per cent of these were committed during the commemoration period.
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