Rwandan Genocide survivors under their umbrella body Ibuka have asked the United Nations (UN) acknowledge the role of French officials in the 1994 Genocide and take appropriate steps in accordance with national and international legal frameworks.
This was in solidarity with the Collective of Civil Parties for Rwanda (CPCR) based in France which submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) its concerns that France failed to comply with its international legal obligations in respect to the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.
France is scheduled to present its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) cycle in January 2018.
Ibuka encouraged the UNHRC and all UN member states to give the concerns raised due consideration and take all the necessary actions in regards to the CPCR recommendations.
“We call upon the UNHRC and all UN member states to acknowledge the role of French officials in the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi and take appropriate steps in accordance with national and international legal frameworks,” Ibuka President Dr. Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu said.
“In addition, we call upon France to either extradite to Rwanda or prosecute all the alleged génocidaires to whom it continues to provide a safe haven,” Dr. Dusingizemungu added.
The association recommended that; France declassifies all genocide-related materials in its possession and acts in accordance with international obligations to extradite genocide suspects to Rwanda.
They further asked that France acts in accordance with international obligations to prosecute genocide suspects on its territory and fully cooperate with Rwanda to ensure that those affected by the Genocide are able to know the truth of what happened in their journey to unity and reconciliation.