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Les Justes du Rwanda et la valeur universelle de leur exemple

Nous, les Rwandais, nous nous sentons engagés dans le projet que Gariwo est en train de construire dans le monde entier pour faire connaître le concept universel des Justes de l'humanité et apprendre aux jeunes à s'engager pour le respect des droits de l'homme, la protection de la dignité humaine et coexistence pacifique entre tous les peuples. La prévention des génocides à toutes les époques sera toujours la tâche des hommes justes qui peuvent faire la différence par leur exemple.


The Righteous of Rwanda and their Universal Value

We Rwandans feel committed to the project that Gariwo is building to make the universal concept of the Righteous of Humanity known across the world and to teach young people to commit themselves to the respect of human rights, the preservation of human dignity, and the peaceful coexistence among all peoples.


The Righteous are the Key to the Prevention of Genocide

The prevention of genocide is one of the most important challenges for our generation. The path indicated by the Righteous and by Raphael Lemkin represents a fundamental starting point to get out of this prehistory of barbarism in which some men, from the dawn of time until today, aim not only to kill, but also to erase entire peoples and cultures. This is a universal challenge, which must involve us all regardless of national or political affiliation, because a genocide – this must become a moral imperative – does not concern only the people who suffer it, but the whole of humanity.


Vann Nath, the painter of the Khmer Rouge

Between 1975 and 1979, Cambodia saw one of the most violent and devastating mass killings of the 20th century. Vann Nath was a Cambodian painter who endured torture as a prisoner of the Khmer Rouge and whose life was spared to paint portraits of the Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot. His paintings depict the excruciating violence he witnessed as a prisoner and became a precious visual testimony of Cambodia’s darkest page.


The project of a Garden of the Righteous in Rwanda

Yolande Mukagasana, honoured at the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide in Milan, is a survivor and witness from Rwandan genocide who has dedicated her life to hand down the memory of the genocide, through her word, through her writings, through her charismatic presence. Especially for the younger generations. On the occasion of the Day of the Righteous 2021, she has written a letter to Gariwo to underline the importance of the Righteous message and her great desire to create a Garden of the Righteous in Rwanda.


“My Forgiveness, My Justice.”

As a teenager, Mr. Kalima lost both parents and other family members during the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. During the genocide, he survived a serious head injury inflicted by a machete and hiding in a swamp for over a month. His survival was made possible by a man who risked his own life to save his.

The Anthropologist Craig T. Palmer interviewed Mr. Kalima about his life and his choice to forgive the genocide perpetrators.


The "Righteous"

Examples of the resistance against evil

The history of the twentieth century is dramatically marked by crimes against humanity, such as genocide of the Armenian people in 1915 - '16, the Holocaust during the Second World War, the gulag during the period of communism, the tragedies of Rwanda and the Balkans in the 90s. In each of these extreme situations, there were men who found the strength to oppose the evil, following their principles and personal responsibility.
If people can not track down specific parameters of the figure of the "Righteous",  then if they will not catch the common features present in all genocidal experiences. What matters is the ability to listen to their conscience, to defend the principle of humanity beyond the constraints of ideological, religious, political, or ethnic, social and cultural rights.
The paradigm is the valuable experience of the Commission of the Righteous at Yad Vashem, expanded and deepened in the sign of universal reflection on man.

 

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