The East African Community Secretariat in collaboration with the Tanzanian Local Authorities in Arusha, the Arusha and Moshi Rwandan Community, the Embassy of Rwanda in Tanzania, the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), are set to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda on Sunday 7 April, 2019 at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
Other partners in the initiative include the Religious Denominations based in Arusha, the Representatives of Students from High School and Universities of the Arusha region and EAC staff.
Themed “Remember-Unite-Renew”, this year’s commemoration will be an occasion to pay tribute to the more than one million innocent lives lost through the heinous extermination of Tutsis in Rwanda 25 years ago.
Under the above theme, this year’s commemoration will focus mainly on the legacy of strength, resilience, and unity that the new generation is called upon to sustain as well as safeguarding the strides Rwanda has been able to make over the past quarter of the century and carry forward the vision for Rwanda’s transformation.
Since the 20th commemoration, EAC has taken a commendable route to supporting genocide survivors and recognizing genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda as a crime against humanity, first by building a genocide monument in the EAC gardens and further by setting apart the 7th of April every year on the EAC calendar as a special day to commemorate the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda.
“The EAC has taken full ownership of the event and takes this opportunity to invite everyone to join the Government and people of Rwanda to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi bystanding against genocide denial and its ideology and recognizing the incredible bravery of those who rescued others during the genocide at great risk to themselves and their families,” reads the notice.