Rwandan parliamentarians have called upon students to be Peace ambassadors. This was said at the Democracy and Peace talk held at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) .
The talk was among activities legislators are having around Higher Learning Institutions in partnership with Rwanda Governance Board to celebrate International Democracy Day and International Peace Day.
Speaking at NUR, Senator Jean Damascene Bizimana talked about the historical background of the International Peace Day and said that democracy should be applied to sustain peace because respect of human rights is among major principles of democracy
He explained that mostly wars occur when there are people whose rights are not guaranteed.
“In Rwanda you can’t say that there was Democracy whereas some Rwandans were denied their rights till the outbreak of the Genocide against Tutsi in 1994”, said Senator Bizimana.
Euthalie Nyirabega, a member of chamber of deputies, in her presentation explained that though there is a definition of Democracy, a country must have its own Democracy model.
“There are universal principles of Democracy such as elections, human rights, separation of powers, Rule of Law among many other principles. However a country must choose a democracy model which is suitable according to its particular cultural and historical context.”
Honorable Yvonne Uwayisenga, who is also a member of chamber of deputies, requested students to be Democracy ambassadors and help other citizens to understand this form of rule.
The interaction session was dominated by questions about the running of elections in Rwanda, reports by international organizations accusing Rwanda for failure to provide free political space and diplomacy between Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.