UNESCO boss backs Rwanda’s quest to include Genocide memorials on World Heritage list

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Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre

Rwanda’s selected Genocide Memorials should be included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to educate the world about the country’s history which can help prevent atrocities worldwide, Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova said yesterday.

Rwanda asked UNESCO to include four Genocide memorial sites on its world heritage list. The Government hopes it will have met all the requirements by 2018. The New Times reports

“I am following this closely; I know there is a final proposal (about the request to include memorial sites on world heritage list). It is up to the experts to decide and a committee will say its final word but I do believe it is very important,” Bokova said after touring the memorial, the New Times reports.

Bokova said that the sites will help better document what happened in Rwanda once they are included on the World Heritage Sites.

She further said that the memorial sites will help the current and future generations learn about genocide and ensure that it is not repeated.

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