Rwanda Hosts Global Forum on Human Rights


Youth human rights activist from over 40 countries in the world have converged in Rwanda for a nine-day UNESCO regional forum. This is a milestone for Rwanda as it becomes the first country in African to host the global Inter-generational Forum on Human Rights. Over 20 percent of the total population of the country was wiped out in the 1994 genocide. Rwanda’s Tutsis and Hutu political moderates by the Hutu dominated government under the Hutu Power ideology bore the blunt.

According to the Chair person, Rwanda Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Sylvie Zainab Kayitesi, the forum that kicked off on Monday provides an opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences. The youths will be equipped with relevant first hand information on human rights advocacy and genocide. Participants will also offer communal service in Huye, Nyamagabe, Nyaruguru and Bugesera districts of Rwanda.

The forum offers a platform to countries in the Great Lake Region that are occasioned by spates of violence; DR Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. According to the forum’s head Amii Omara-Otunu, Rwanda has walked a mile in self-restructuring and therefore deserves the global solidarity. Participants will discuss human rights issues affecting Africa such as conflict resolution, disability, women’s rights, education, sustainability, democracy and peace-building. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda are expected to address the forum.

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