Rwanda: Four Genocide Memorials Added to UNESCO World Heritage List

Murambi Genocide Memorial in Nyamagabe District, Nyamata Genocide Memorial in Bugesera District, Kigali Genocide Memorial in the City of Kigali, and Bisesero Genocide Memorial in Karongi District are now inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

The inscription of the four memorial sites of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, as announced on Wednesday, September 20, was lauded by the Rwandan government as a historic decision.

Their inscription was announced during UNESCO’s 45th World Heritage Committee taking place in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh.

BREAKING! Just inscribed on the @UNESCO #WorldHeritage List: Memorial sites of the Genocide: Nyamata, Murambi, Gisozi and Bisesero, #Rwanda . #45WHC— UNESCO #Education #Sciences #Culture (@UNESCO) September 20, 2023

“This recognition strengthens the fight against Genocide denial and will serve to educate present and future generations,” Rwanda’s Ministry of National Unity and Civic Engagement said.

It follows Tuesday’s inscription of Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park, which is the country’s first property to get the UN agency’s coveted World Heritage status.

Since 2012, local communities, national and international experts, and relevant advisory groups, including the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), an evaluation body, collaborated closely in a meticulous process that has resulted in the four Genocide memorials being included on the World Heritage List, the Ministry said.