Rwanda Police are holding 40 suspects over offences related to Genocide Ideologies.
The suspects were picked up from the Eastern Province and the Rwandan capital Kigali during the commemoration of the Genocide Memorial Week.
Genocide Ideology is punishable under the law No. 84/2013 of 11/09/2013.
According to Rwandan law, Genocide Ideology is a deliberate act committed in public, whether orally, written or video or by any other means which may depict ethnic, religious, or racial bias with the aim of advocating for the commission of genocide or supporting genocide.
The offenses under Genocide Ideology include incitement to commit genocide, negation of Genocide, justifying Genocide, and concealment or destruction of evidence related to Genocide or other crimes against humanity.
The Rwandan penal code states that any person who commits the crime of Genocide Ideology and other related offences shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of between five and nine years and a fine of between Rwf100,000 and Rwf1,000,000, or both.
Celestine Twahirwa, the spokesperson Rwanda Police has confirmed the arrest of the suspects.
He however, didn’t specify the specific crimes the suspects are accused of.
An estimated 800,000 Rwandan nationals lost their lives in the 1994 genocide that broke out in the country shortly after President Juvenile Habyarimana when a plane he was traveling in was shot down when he was returning from peace talks with rebels of the Rwanda Patriotic Fronts.