On June 27th, Förderkreis Erinnerungsort Topf & Söhne e.V., along with the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda and Kindernothilfe e.V., hosted a panel discussion at Sorbenweg 7 in Erfurt entitled Genocide: Crimes, Punishments, Justice.
The discussion addressed the following questions:
- How can a society continue to exist after genocide?
- How can survivors and perpetrators living together in neighborhoods and communities coexist?
- How can regenerating the judicial system contribute to structuring a civil society based upon human rights and justice?
The panel addressing these questions represented very diverse yet relevant sectors of society including international viewpoints, personal experiences, academic and judicial insights, as well as reflections from the Rwandan Ambassador to Germany. The panel consisted of:
- Christine Nkulikiyinka, the honorable Rwandan Ambassador to Germany
- Prof. Dr. Bernd-Dieter Meier, the department head for criminal justice at the University of Hannover and expert in international comparative restorative justice
- Frank Mischo of Kindernothilfe e.V., who worked with children in Rwanda after the genocide, as part of a project for the NGO Kindernothilfe. He worked specifically with children, including refugees, who collaborated together to build up the country following the genocide.
- Winfred Wameyo, a student of the Willy Brandt School who moved to Rwanda after the genocide in 2001 and volunteered at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center.
The panel was moderated by Dr. Martin Borowsky, a judge at the Regional Court of Erfurt and Brandt School lecturer.