Wednesday, 11 June 2014

20 years later: The genocide in Rwanda; Germany, and political lessons learned

20 years ago, more than half a million people were killed in less than 100 days during the genocide in Rwanda. The International Community did not intervene. On 11 June 2014, Genocide Alert and BICC invite to a panel discussion that will follow up on what has been learned from this by German foreign, security and development policy so that in future response to genocide and crimes against humanity can be quicker and more effective.

Before the genocide, German diplomats and representatives from development cooperation also used to work in Rwanda—a focal country for development cooperation. Were German institutions not sufficiently informed or was there no reaction to existing information? What did the government and parliament do during the genocide?

The question of German responsibility in preventing worst crimes against humanity is still highly relevant.

Discussants are:

  • Kordula Schulz-Asche MdB, deputy member for Bündnis 90/Die Grünen in the parliamentary committee for human rights and humanitarian aid
  • Rüdiger König, Director for the United Nations, Humanitarian Aid and Human Rights as well as focal point for Responsibility to Protect at the German Foreign Office
  • Professor Dr. Helmut Asche, Director of the German Institute for Development Evaluation
  • Professor Dr. Conrad Schetter, Research Director, BICC
  • Sarah Brockmeier (Facilitator), deputy chair of Genocide Alert and research associate with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi).

Venue: BICC, Pfarrer-Byns-Str. 1, 53121 Bonn

Time: 18.30-21.00 hrs

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