Registration is Open for Unique Religious Liberty Event in Rwanda

Some 1,000 scholars, lawyers, and advocates from across the continent of Africa and around the world will meet in Kigali, Rwanda, later this year to explore ways to build more tolerant and peaceful communities. Dr. Joel Okindoh, IRLA secretary general for the East-Central Africa region, is one of the key organizers of the 3rd All Africa Religious Liberty Congress and Festival. He says the two-day academic conference will begin September 13, 2018, at the Kigali Convention Centre and will be followed by a one-day religious liberty festival, expected to draw 30,000 people to the city’s Amahoro National Stadium.

The location chosen for this congress and festival is especially poignant given the devastation of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Dr. Okindoh, who is also the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Director for the Adventist Church in East-Central Africa, says that congress attendees will visit major genocide sites in order to gain insights into “what human intolerance can do to human life.”

Rwanda, renowned as a beautiful “country of 1,000 hills,” is still grappling with the legacy of violence between Tutsis and Hutus, which according to some estimates, killed almost 1 million people over a 100-day period. In the years that have passed since the genocide, the Rwandan government has invested many resources in rebuilding its social and civic structures and promoting tolerance and reconciliation.

The international line-up of speakers at the congress will include legal experts, religious liberty advocates, and religious leaders. Breakout sessions will be available in English, French, Arabic, Portuguese and Swahili. Dr. Okindoh says that attendees from outside of the continent of Africa are also invited for what organizers believe will be a memorable and productive event. For more details visit or register online at Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

BETTINA KRAUSE | Communication Director
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