Geneva, NY-Louise Mushikiwabo, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, will speak on justice in Rwanda at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on Pulteney Street on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Following the lecture will be a screening of “The Arusha Tapes,” a short video of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda held in Arusha, Tanzania.
Louise Mushikiwabo is the Washington representative for the U.S.-Africa Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to strengthen ties between the U.S. and Africa through education and trade. Born in Rwanda, Mushikiwabo has lived in the United States since 1986. She is the first Rwandan genocide survivor to file a class-action lawsuit in a U.S. court against one of the top perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide, and is the co-founder and president of the Rwanda Children's Fund, a charitable organization in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area that raises funds to sponsor Rwandan high school teenagers orphaned by the genocide.
In pursuit of justice and human rights in her native country, Mushikiwabo has spoken extensively about the genocide in international debates, and has given newspaper, television, and radio interviews on the subject. She is currently involved in a legal battle with the United Nations for gross negligence in the murder of her brother's family under the guard of the United Nations troops. She is also writing a book, titled King Salomon's Crimes, on the Rwandan genocide, the story of her family with the historical and social context of the genocide.
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda was established by a United Nations Security Council Resolution in 1994 to prosecute the organizers and leaders of the genocide in Rwanda. Twenty-one people were indicted for crimes committed after the assassination of Hutu president Juvenal Habyarimana that April. Between 500,000 and 800,000 Rwandans, mainly Tutsi, died at the hands of Hutu mobs.
This event is free and open to the public.