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Beyond Horror - 20-21 Nov 2008 DRC and Rwanda

This conference shall deal with the roots and ramifications of genocide in Rwanda and the region, and the

mass violence that is currently tearing apart the peoples and nations in the Great Lakes region. It is about

colonial and post colonial atrocities, warring fractions, greed and the international community’s complicity

and negligence in one of history’s most gruesome but sadly still ongoing tragedies.


Beyond Horror is first of all about the heroic fight for survival and dignity - and the search for a way

forward by the peoples in the region.


“Genocides and other mass atrocities are consequences of complex political actions not, as they are often characterised, as simply senseless slaughter based mainly on identity or cultural difference. This means that besides the humanitarian actions to stop or minimise killings, torture and rape of civilians, especially women and children, the crucial challenge to managing or solving

them requires political solutions, rooted in participation of all affected persons, truth, power restructuring and reconciliation.”


These words set the tone for the statement submitted from the Voksenaasen conference on Genocide in Nov 2007. Pursuing the intentions to “continue the painful path into investigating ourselves and the challenges we and others are facing to more adequately respond to the ever growing numbers of victims of global, regional and local injustices committed.”




Wednesday 19th November


Arrival, foreign participants

2000 Dinner


Thursday 20nd November


0830 - 0835 Welcome, Michael Sahlin,

Swedish ambassador to Norway


0835 – 0845 Introduction by Øystein Tveter,

chairman of Networkers board


0845 –1045 A Long and Winding War,

On the Great Lakes region, its history, geopolitics, quest for resources, and humanitarian challenges


Francois Houtart – Keynote

Emily Sikazwe - discussant

Zamzam Kalume – discussant

Mathilde Muhindo – discussant

Henning Melber – discussant

Chair: Charles Abugre


(coffee/tea break)


1100 – 1300 Women and Society in Kivu

- Today’s atrocities and the way out


Venantie Bisimwa Nabintu – Keynote

Lisbet Palme - discussant

Randi Solhjell – discussant

Mathilde Muhindo – discussant

Karen Brouneus – discussant

Tasila Mbewe - discussant

Chair: Lucy Muyoyeta


1300 – 1430 Lunch


1430 – 1800

“Achievements and Remaining Challenges.”

The International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda at a crossroads


Alex Obote-Odora - Keynote

Trond Dolva – discussant

Siri Frigaard – discussant

Zamzam Kalume – discussant

Chair: Reuben Daka


1900 Dinner


Evening: House Concert (at about 20.00)


Friday 21st November


0830 – 1030 The Preventable Genocide, Rwanda Revisited


Ingvar Carlsson – Key-note

Lisbet Palme - discussant

Alejandro Bendaña - discussant

Venantie Bisimwa Nabintu – discussant

Chair: John Y. Jones



1100 – 1300 Accountability – Complicity in Genocide and Mass Violence


Alex Obote-Odora – keynote

Trond Dolva – discussant

Elinor Sisulu – discussant

Francois Houtart - discussant

Siri Frigaard – discussant

Emily Sikazwe – discussant

Ingvar Carlsson - discussant

Chair: Alejandro Bendana


1300 – 1500 Lunch


1500 – 1700 Towards a Statement


Charles Abugre

Francois Houtart

Emily Sikazwe

Mathilde Muhindo

Chair: Henning Melber


1900 Dinner and Thank You



Saturday 22nd Nov at 10.00-12.00  

EXTRA event in the Networkers’ Burning Issues Series


Crisis Zimbabwe: Coordinator Elinor Sisulu invites participants to an open meeting on the current situation in Zimbabwe



Sunday November 23rd Morning (time to be announced, lunch will be included)

Excursion Tour for participants continuing into the Conference on “Women in the Land of Conflict” Nov 23-25th




Names on the people on the programme


ABUGRE, CHARLES is the head of policy at Christian Aid in Britain. He is a development economist and came to Christian Aid from teaching development studies at the University of Wales, Swansea.


BANDA, GABRIEL holds a MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, England.  He is an independent Zambian development worker, journalist, poet, theatre artist and writer. He is a close associate of Zambia’s first president, Dr Kenneth D Kaunda.

BENDAÑA, ALEJANDRO, professor, director CEI, Centre for International Studies, Nicaragua, former Nicaraguan ambassador to the UN and engaged in UN peace negotiations i.e. in Indonesia, Horn of Africa and Sri Lanka. He is a board member of Networkers SouthNorth.

BROUNEUS, KAREN is a researcher at the Department of Peace and Conflict research at the University of Uppsala. She recently concluded her PhD on the theme: Rethinking reconciliation: Concepts, Methods and an Empirical Study of Truth Telling and Psychological Health in Rwanda.


CARLSSON, INGVAR is former Prime Minister of Sweden, and chair of the UN independent inquiry into the actions that the United Nations took at the time of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994.


DAKA, REUBEN is the Drector of Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Kitwe Zambia, of which the Dag Hammarskjold Center Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation is part.


FRIGAARD, SIRI is chief public prosecutor and director of the Norwegian National Authority for Prosecution of Organized and Other Serious Crime. The office is also responsible for the investigation and prosecution of special international crimes, such as war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.


HOUTART, FRANÇOIS is a sociologist with a master’s degree in political and social sciences and a PhD in sociology of the Catholic university of Leuven where he served as a professor from 1958 till 1990. He is director of CETRI and a leading member of the World Social Forum.


JONES, JOHN Y. is currently director of Networkers SouthNorth has worked on development education and aid issues. He recently co-edited the book Global Justice: The White Man’s Burden? (2007).


KALUME, ZAMZAM is a youth co-ordinator in Kigali, Rwanda, and engaged in civil society development.


MBEWE, TASILA is programme co-ordinator of the Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, at Dag Hammarskjold Center at Mindolo College, Kitwe in Zambia.


MELBER, HENNING is Director of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Uppsala Sweden, an author and researcher, and former Research Director of the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden. He is Vice President of the International Network on Genocide Scholars.


MUHINDO, MATHILDE, former member of Parliament in Congo DRC, and now director of OLAMA, a social assistance agency of the Roman Catholic diocese of Bukavu, South Kivu, on the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of Congo.


MUYOYETA, LUCY is a leading women’s rights activist in Zambia and has engaged in and written on Gender and Human Rights issues in her country.


NABINTU, VÉNANTIE BISIMWA is executive secretary of Women’s Network for Justice and Peace (Rfdp) in Congo DRC. She is a distinguished human rights advocate.


OBOTE-ODORA, ALEX is Chief of the Appeals and Legal Advisory Division (ALAD) in the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He holds a Doctor of Law’s Degree in International Criminal Law and a Master of Law’s Degree in International Humanitarian Law from the University of Stockholm in Sweden.


PALME, LISBET, member of The International Panel of Eminent personalities to Investigate the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda and the Surrounding Events. She chaired the UN-sponsored Group of Eminent Women for Namibian and South African Women and Children. Ms Palme was engaged in the International Study on The Impact of Armed Conflicts on Children, led by Mrs Graça Machel, and was expert member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.


SAHLIN, MICHAEL, Swedish ambassador to Norway and former director of the Folke Bernadotte Academy. He is also a board member of Voksenaasen.


SIKAZWE, EMILY has a Master of Adult Education and holds an MSc in Agronomy as well as a Diploma in Community-Based Development and a Certificate in Advocacy and Networking, both from the Coady International Institute. She is the director of Women for Change, a leading Zambian organization dedicated to the empowerment of women.


SISULU, ELINOR is director of Crisis Zimbabwe and a leading Zimbabwean and Southern African feminist and writer. Ms Sisulu received the Noma Prize for the best African book in 2003, for the biography of Walter and Albertina Sisulu: In Our Lifetime, published in December 2002.


SOLHJELL, RANDI is a researcher at NUPI, Oslo. She has recently issued her master’s paper on Sexual Violence in the DRC.


TROND DOLVA is retired judge of the Supreme Court in Norway.


TVETER, ØYSTEIN is a human rights lawyer and active in the general Norwegian exchange on justice and development issues. Tveter is chair of the board of Networkers SouthNorth.



This conference is organized in consultation and collaboration between the following:


THE DAG HAMMARSKJÖLD CENTER FOR PEACE AND GOOD GOVERNANCE is a part of Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Kitwe Zambia, and is working with promoting the legacy of Dag Hammarskjöld. An important issue is to develop fieldwork programs in Political Science and Peace-building for youth and  students in Africa.


NETWORKERS SOUTH NORTH is a network organisation of internationally engaged researchers, writers and civil society representatives focusing on and pursuing Southern perspectives on current global justice, human rights and development issues.


VOKSENAASEN is Norway’s national gift to Sweden as a token of gratitude for Swedish aid during and shortly after World War II. Voksenåsen of today is the Swedish centre for Culture and Conferences in Norway and one of the leading in its class. Voksenaasen also arranges its own conferences, seminars and cultural events, and has a substantial collection of art and literature.


THE DAG HAMMARSKJÖLD FOUNDATION was established in Uppsala, Sweden in 1962, in memory of the second Secretary-General of the United Nations. The Foundation deals with cross-cutting global challenges, raising issues, and exploring strategies for change, in areas of Development, Democracy, Peace and Security.



Secretariat: registration and accommodation



Ullveien 4, 0791 Oslo

Tlf. 22 81 15 00




Påmelding: petter@jazzmontor.no


Conference co-ordinator: Øystein Tveter

Tlf. +47 90207681



Practical information

Apply to: program@voksenaasen.no

or contact phone +47 22 81 15 06.


Conference fee NOK 500 per day. Lunch is included. Additional cost for dinner and accommodation. Students may apply for scholarship to cover conference fee. If you cannot attend but would like the conference report sent to you, contact program@voksenaasen.no

or Siri Dohlen Tlf. +47 22 81 15 06 siri.dohlen@voksenaasen.no

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