On Wednesday 1st May 2019, Trinity International Development Initiative, in partnership with the Embassy for the Republic of Rwanda, held a commemoration event at Trinity College Dublin to mark the 25th Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The event saw Ambassadors, heads of institutions, scholars, Irish government officials, members of civil society, friends of Rwanda and Rwandans living in Ireland, join together to remember and honour the over 1million lives lost, comfort those who survived and pay tribute to Rwanda’s healing and rebuilding 25 years on.
His Excellency Ambassador Kevin Kelly, Special Envoy of the Government of Ireland, delivered the keynote address on behalf of the Tánaiste and Foreign Minister for Ireland, Hon Stephen Coveny, in which he echoed the words of His Excellency President Paul Kagame saying that “the story of Rwanda after the Genocide Against the Tutsi demonstrates that there is no country beyond hope” The Ambassador, who also represented the Government of Ireland at the Kwibuka25 ceremony in Kigali last month, joined Her Excellency Yamina Karitanyi, non-resident Ambassador of Rwanda to Ireland, to light a candle in honour of the victims of the Genocide.
In her address, Ambassador Karitanyi, thanked the people and government of Ireland for their friendship and for “lighting a candle with Rwanda”, also emphasising the great “significance” of fighting genocide ideology and injustice in our communities as a contribution to building a better world for future generations.
Relations between the Republics of Rwanda and Ireland have strengthened greatly in recent years with ongoing education and development partnerships between the two countries, and shared commitments to tackle climate change. The Foreign Minister of Ireland expressed solidarity with the people and government of Rwanda in a statement on the 7th April 2019, adding that “Kwibuka25 reminds us of the consequences of hate speech and division based on ethnicity. It is a reminder of the responsibility of the international community to protect all peoples from genocide and crimes against humanity.”