Conference on racism opens in Kigali

Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- A two-day conference on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance opened in Kigali Thursday afternoon to prepare for the forthcoming world conference scheduled for Durban, South Africa later this month.
The state-run Rwanda Television (TVR) reported Thursday night that the conference, jointly organised by the Ministry of Justice and the Rwandan Human Rights Commission, has attracted representatives of public institutions, civil society and the diplomatic corps.
Opening the meeting, the Speaker of National Assembly, Vincent Baruta, said that although Rwanda had ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the past regimes were characterised by regionalism, ethnicity and discrimination, which culminated into genocide.
Biruta deplored that the same ideas continue to prevail inside Rwanda and in neighbouring countries.
During the conference, participants will listen and debate on six themes.
In an interview with state-run radio Rwanda, one of the Participants, Jean de Dieu Mucyo, said that Rwanda would not support claims for slavery reparations because today's Americans should not be asked to pay for what their forefathers did.
He argued that Africans themselves were involved in the slave trade, which still prevails in some African countries.

16 august 2001 22:07:00

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