A day meant to share a moment of remembrance for the victims, to show solidarity for the survivors, and to promote justice in a world free from discrimination

Monday, April 7th, 2014, Sala Protomoteca, Palazzo di Campidoglio, Rome

On April 7 2014 the Budapest Centre, together with the organization Bene Rwanda, John Cabot University and other important institutional and civil society actors, will organize a public event in occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. The event will take place in the Protomoteca hall of Palazzo del Campidoglio in Rome.

The panels will focus on the history of the 1994 Rwanda genocide and how it relates to the civil wars that are currently ravaging Africa. The distinguished guests in attendance include Yolande Mukagasana, survivor of the genocide, writer and winner of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education and Ignazio Marino, mayor of the city of Rome, Staffan De Mistura, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy; Karel Kovanda, Vice Director of the European Commission and former Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic at the UN in 1994,Marie Claire Safari, President of Umubyeyi Mwiza, and Milena Santerini, Italian MP.

Enzo M. Le Fevre Cervini, Director of the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, will participate in the afternoon panel dedicated to the prevention of genocide.

The Memorial Day will close with a screening of “The Rwandan Night“ (95 min), awarded best documentary at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival and directed by Gilbert Ndahayo,survivor of the genocide, who will attend the screening and offer his testimony to the public.


9.30 AM Perceiving globally, acting locally: institutions for a culture of coexistence

Ignazio Marino, Mayor of Rome, and Lidia Ravera, Assessor for Culture e Sport, Latium Regional Council
Welcome speech by Francesco Alicicco, Honorary Consul of Rwanda to Italy, and Fabio Graziosi, UNRIC Desk Officer responsible for Italy
Gianluca Peciola, Vice-President, Culture Commission, Municipality of Rome
Paolo Ricca, President, Tavola Valdese.
Moderator: Françoise Kankindi, President, Bene-Rwanda onlus

10.30 AM The wounds of silence: Rwanda before, during, and after 1994

Yolande Mukagasana, genocide survivor, writer, activists for assistance to survivors

11.30 AM Knowledge, Western self-criticism, and the prevention of genocide

H.E Staffan De Mistura, former-UN diplomat, former Deputy-minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy
H.E Karel Kovanda, EU Director, former Permanent representative of the Czech Republic to the UN in 1994
Pietro Genovese, Journalist, La Repubblica
Moderator: Federigo Argentieri, Director, Guarini Institute for Public Affairs; Professor of Political Science, John Cabot University.