Statement on Rwanda

A statement from the University.

We do not share Debora Kayembe's views, which were made in a personal capacity. The University of Edinburgh – in step with the UN, multi-national organisations, and nations all over the world – acknowledges the Genocide against the Tutsi as one of the most appalling crimes against humanity; and rejects outright the notion that the Rwandan government and its sitting President are responsible. At this moment of Kwibuka commemorations in Rwanda, the University stands with the Rwandan people in its remembrance of those who have been lost.                                                                                         

The University acted swiftly to clarify the role of the Rector and to underline the University’s position, which has been endorsed by the University Court,  the University’s governing body.  The concerns raised were discussed by the University Court when it met this afternoon and the Court has referred the issue to the appropriate Committee for further detailed consideration.   

We are also reaching out to our Rwandan students to ensure they are fully supported at this difficult time.

Background information 

The Rector is not an appointment of the executive or governing body of the University.

The Principal, Professor Peter Mathieson is the Accountable Officer (Chief Executive Officer) of the University.