UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM HUMAN RIGHTS ASSOCIATION (UDHRA).
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25TH April 2009
PUBLIC LECTURE ON THE REFLECTION OF 1994 GENOCIDE IN RWANDA.
UDHRA PRESIDENT, ONESMO, OLENGURUMWA CLOSING REMARKS.
Doctors, lectures, stududents,
Ladies and gentlemen
It is my privilege to bring this remarkable international public lecture reflecting on 1994 genocide in Rwanda to a close.
But before I proceed I would like to bring into your awareness beautiful words said in 70 years by one Activists Pastor Martin Niemoller of German.
‘’About 70 years ago Pastor Martin Niemoller of German who lived between 1892 -1984 said ’first they came for Jews, I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. They came for the communist, I did not speak out because I was not a communist,. They came for trade unionist; I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. When they came for me, no one was left to speak out.”Niemoller said that regretting why he did not take any measures when Hitler began torturing and killing people. He thought that he was safe but later he ended up in detention camps. “
I am encouraged by your willingness to share and openly discuss actions, experiences and challenges. Working together across boundaries in this way to address the most pressing issues threatening human kind.
Together, through the Geneva Declaration and convention against genocide, we have deepened our collective commitment to embedding universal values on human kind. Yet as we all know, actions speak louder than words. So as we walk away from this every year reflections and plans to meet again next year, let us each do our share to give practical meaning to the Declaration and convention against genocide.
I call on civil society, university staff, students, media, international organizations and political leaders to remain vigilant and engaged, and continue to hold this kind of international solidarity against impunity.
Finally, let me thank the United Nations Information Centre for their invaluable contributions to this Public Lecture, as their role in fighting impunity will remain memorable. I should as well be fair to appreciate exemplary role Plaid by Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda for their open commitment to create a new Rwanda.We have to send our gratitude’s to our beloved proffer Peter Maina ,Prof,B,Rutinwa for their wonderful and educative lectures. We are glad to say thanks for Tanzania Commission For Human Rights and Good Governance for their acceptance to officiate the event.Lastily but not least ,let me acknowledge the UDSM Human rights association for their great and vigilant role in raising human rights awareness both at international and national level .
Comrades, together, we can achieve a strong spirit of Solidarity against impunity that can create the free world and better place to live. We each have a responsibility in moving our agenda forward. Let us leave here today with renewed commitment.
I now declare the 2009 Public lecture reflecting 1994 genocide in Rwanda formally closed.
“WE PROMOTE AND PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS”