25th Anniversary Commemoration Events in April

Posted: March 22, 2019
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This April marks the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, a genocide in which over million people were murdered in just 100 days.

In observance of the 25th anniversary commemoration, Genocide Survivors Foundation is helping to organize two programs that will look at Rwanda’s rebuilding efforts and survivors’ lives two and a half decades after the genocide. These events will also examine national and international efforts to prevent genocide, looking at lessons learned – or not learned — 25 years later.

Please join us at the two programs listed below as we remember the men, women, and children whose lives were cut short by the genocide, and discuss how we can all work together to support survivors and prevent future genocides.

25th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda

“Never Again” Revisited: Survivors’ Lives 25 Years On & Genocide Prevention Today

Museum of Jewish Heritage logoDATE: Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 2:00-4:00PM
PLACE: Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Place, NY, NY 10280

Organized in partnership with survivors of the genocide against the Tutsi living in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area, the program will focus on the lives of genocide survivors 25 years after the genocide as well national and international efforts to prevent genocide.

Program Details

Testimony by Dieudonne Kageruka – Survivor of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda

Remarks by Elizabeth Edelstein – Vice President for Education, Museum of Jewish Heritage

Panel Discussion with:

  1. Consolee Nishimwe – Survivor of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Author of Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope
  2. Sally Frishberg – Holocaust survivor and educator
  3. Jacqueline Murekatete – Survivor of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Founder of Genocide Survivors Foundation
  4. Dr. Howard Robinson – Clinical Social Worker specializing in trauma treatment; Co-Leader, Rwanda Development Program with Global Engagement Institute
  5. Moderated by Michele Mitchell, Journalist, filmmaker, Co-Director of The Uncondemned

The program will also include other commemorative and remembrance activities.

25th Anniversary of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda

Transitional Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Lessons At 25 Years

New York City Bar logoDATE: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 6:00-8:00PM
PLACE: New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, NY, NY 10036

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, the New York City Bar Association and Genocide Survivors Foundation have partnered together to present this program to honor the memory of victims of genocide and the courage of survivors. The program will focus on post-genocide justice issues, with the overall aim of examining what the world can do to prevent future genocides.

Guest Speakers

Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D., is an academic specializing in law, political science and public policy. He is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Lecturer in Law and Fellow at Stanford Law School. Dr. Kaufman is the author or editor of three books: United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (2016); Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World (2012); and After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond (2009).

Jacqueline Murekatete is a survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, a lawyer and Founder and President of Genocide Survivors Foundation, a New York based not-for-profit organization, which educates people about the crime of genocide and provides comprehensive services to survivors. She has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Jerusalem Post, CNN, PBS, ABC and other media outlets worldwide, and is the recipient of prestigious awards including the Anti-Defamation League’s Kay Family Award, the Imbuto Foundation’s Celebrating Young Rwandan Achievers Award from the First Lady of Rwanda, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award.

Simone Monasebian is currently Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, New York Office. Ms. Monasebian served as Principal Defender at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, as well as Trial Attorney at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where she was one of the prosecutors responsible for the 2003 landmark convictions of three media executives who fanned the flames of genocide in their newspaper and radio station. Ms. Monasebian’s work was prominently profiled in the book Justice on the Grass: Three Rwandan Journalists, Their Trial for War Crimes and a Nation’s Quest for Redemption by Dina Temple-Raston (2005).

Albert Gasake is a survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, who served with the Rwanda Bar Association as an attorney specializing in criminal law and reparation for genocide victims. In that capacity, he had experience with the three post-genocide justice mechanisms, including the Rwandan national justice system, Gacaca trials and the ICTR. Mr. Gasake also served as a legal officer at the international charity, Survivors Fund, where he advocated for survivors’ welfare and rights to reparative justice.


Dr. Simon Adams is Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect which carries out advocacy with the UN Security Council, Human Rights Council and various governments to prevent or halt crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. Dr. Adams has worked extensively with civil society organizations in South Africa, East Timor, Rwanda, and elsewhere. Dr. Adams worked with Sinn Féin and former IRA prisoners in support of the Northern Ireland peace process; is a former anti-apartheid activist and former member of the African National Congress of South Africa; and is author of four books on international conflict.

Sponsored by: NY City Bar Association African Affairs Committee and Genocide Survivors Foundation

Co-Sponsored by: NY City Bar Association International Human Rights Committee, NY City Bar Association United Nations Committee, and NY City Bar Association Council on International Affairs.

Registration is REQUIRED. You can register for free by calling the New York Bar Association at 212-382-6663.

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