BELGIUM-RWANDA

Universities criticised for giving platform to genocide denier

Scholars, scientists, researchers, journalists and historians from all over the world on Tuesday expressed shock after some Belgian universities gave a platform to Canadian journalist Judi Rever, a known denier of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, writes James Karuhanga for The New Times.

Their open letter was addressed to the rectors of the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), the University of Antwerp and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where she is scheduled to speak. In the letter, they state that they are shocked that major European universities have chosen to give a platform to the author of a book that peddles arguments used in a 25-year campaign of denial without providing the kind of debate that this urgent matter requires.

“The upset your decisions cause the survivors of the genocide of the Tutsi is incalculable. In the circumstances of the Holocaust this would be unthinkable. By promoting the conspiracy theories of Judi Rever you have given the impression of support for negationism and denial. We therefore ask you to carefully reconsider your decision,” reads part of the open letter.
Full report on The New Times site