Rwanda raises questions about the Belgian investigation committee

Rwanda raises questions about the Belgian investigation committee

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 02:35 pm

The Rwandan Parliament has expressed “reservations” about the likely effect of a Belgian exceptional parliamentary fee set up to study Belgian’s colonial past due to the inclusion of a “known denier” of the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi ethnic group.

Belgium has hooked up a special parliamentary commission to observe its colonial past and its penalties in Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.

However, in a declaration Monday, the Rwandan parliament puzzled the appointment final week of Rwandan Laura Uwase on the 10-member team of specialists to assist the commission.

Uwase is reportedly a member of the Jambo Asbl, a Europe-based association which Rwanda labels as a genocide-denying association.

“The Parliament of Rwanda is involved by using the inclusion in the team of specialists of a known genocide denier whose recognised ‘expertise’ is the distortion of the recent history of Rwanda, and who belongs to an company whose mission is the denial and revision of the 1994 genocide towards the Tutsi,” the Rwandan lawmakers said in the statement.

“The Parliament of Rwanda needs to inform the Belgian House of Representatives that it has reservations about the consequence of the work of the special commission.”

According to Rwanda’s National Commission for the Fight in opposition to Genocide, Jambo Asbl was based with the aid of Rwandan early life who do not understand the function of their dad and mom and grandparents in the 1994 genocide in opposition to the Tutsi.

Despite the reservations, the announcement said, Rwandan lawmakers welcomed the initiative of the Belgian Parliament.

Last year, the UN instructed Belgium to make an apology for its colonial past.