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Digital technologies can play a vital role in fighting genocide denial, experts including the United Nations said.

“We have to use genocidal education by preventing any atrocities that can happen, we have to educate young people about what happened in Rwanda, the Tutsi genocide and also about the Holocaust, and use media literacy to stop deniers,” Castro said Wesamba. Head of the United Nations Office for Genocide Prevention took responsibility for protection.

He spoke during a webinar last week about how digital technologies can be used in the fight against genocide denial.

His remarks come at a time when genocide deniers, especially in Western countries, are increasingly using digital technologies to perpetuate the genocide ideology

Wesamba suggests that tech companies work with genocide survivors and other stakeholders to counter genocide denial.

“Since the genocide of the Tutsi is denied via online platforms, anyone with a sense can see through the false stories of the deniers, but I now realize how important it is to engage not only these people, but also all people about the true ones To inform history “of the Tutsi genocide to prevent it from happening again,” he added.

Other panelists also highlighted the need for education, media literacy and raising collective awareness to condemn and prevent genocide denial.

“Social media is key to exhorting genocide denial … people who use technology to deny need to know that it is a crime,” said Zachary Kaufman, professor of law and political science at the Law Center’s University of Houston.

In addition, he said, international laws are needed to combat genocide denial.

Genocide, he added, is not something people can use to express their freedom.

Sara Brown, executive director of the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Awareness, said that for most Rwandans under the age of 25, the younger generation needs to be educated and given accurate information about the Tutsi genocide.

The center aims to educate, inspire and empower people to stand up against injustice.

According to Lonzen Rugira, a Rwandan public affairs researcher and commentator, the fight against genocide needs to be done at all levels in order to raise collective awareness both nationally and internationally.

“By having these talks and campaigns, we avoid the repetition of the genocide anywhere,” added Rugira.

Rugira pointed out that the young deniers position themselves as “legitimate” activists

He added that those denials, which are growing on social media platforms like YouTube and Twitter, have funders.

We will not accept a “democracy” that makes fun of the survivors of the genocide.

The talks were part of the annual commemoration of the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi.

According to the National Commission to Fight Genocide Ideology (CNLG), more and more deniers are turning to social media to perpetuate genocide ideology.

“Social media is becoming the new platform for denial. It is the main weapon now and those who do know that it is the only weapon they have. Denying genocide is tantamount to committing genocidal crimes, ”the CNLG said in a February statement.

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