TEHRAN – Iranian International Studies Association (IISA) in partnership with UNIC Tehran organized a roundtable discussion on 25th Anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda with participation of 18 university professors and post-graduate students at UN conference room on 10 April 2019.
The roundtable discussion began by the UN Secretary-General’s message on 25th Anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, red by UNIC National Information Officer (NIO) Mohammad Moghadam.
Then, member of Board of Directors of IISA and professor of Allameh Tabatabaei University Dr. Majid Reza Momeni briefed the participants on history and background of genocide in Rwanda.
Deputy Head of Board of Directors of IISA and professor of Khorrmabad University Dr. Anahita Motazed Rad was the main speaker at the roundtable discussion whom elaborated on the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide, and discussed about “Development” as a deterrent factor for future genocides, and its two major concepts of “Human Development” and “Human Security”.
“The first point of such genocides is the culture of impunity, and therefore the importance of the responsibility to bring to justice those criminals and malefactors who engaged in mass human rights violations,” she said.
She added that the other critical point is the vulnerability of the powerless, including the brutalized children, the violated women, and the slaughter of innocents- who are always the first targets and victims of mass atrocities crimes.
Referring to development as deterrent factor, Dr. Motazed said development is about expanding the choices people have to lead lives that they value.
The roundtable continued by a very lively question and answer session as well discussion on what lessons the international community learned from the Rwanda genocide in order to prevent future genocides as well as dissemination of hate messages.