Rwanda Peace Partnership launched at the Kigali Genocide Memorial

2022-09-30T23:07:31+01:00September 30th, 2022|Peace education|

The Aegis Trust, Interpeace and Never Again Rwanda today came together at the Kigali Genocide Memorial to launch the Rwanda Peace Partnership. Supported by Sida, Sweden’s Government Agency for Development Cooperation, this collaborative framework will help deliver complementary programmes for a peaceful, cohesive and inclusive Rwandan society. The launch of this unique partnership was themed under [...]

Aegis marks International Peace Day 2022

2022-09-27T10:41:32+01:00September 21st, 2022|Uncategorised|

The Aegis Trust has joined colleagues and partners around the World in marking International Peace Day 2022 – the theme for which is ‘End Racism. Build Peace.’ In the words of the UN Secretary General; “Racism continues to poison institutions, social structures, and the everyday life in every society. It continues to be a driver [...]

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II – a champion of peace

2022-09-09T16:16:15+01:00September 9th, 2022|Comment|

The Aegis Trust's Chief Executive Dr James Smith and Executive Director Freddy Mutanguha have today released the following statement: Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, on behalf of all at the Aegis Trust and Kigali Genocide Memorial, we wish to express deepest condolences to His Majesty King Charles III and the whole Royal Family. [...]

Srebrenica 27: why education and the Genocide Memorial are ‘beyond crucial’

2022-07-08T17:51:25+01:00July 8th, 2022|Outreach|   In a deeply moving interview with Aegis CEO Dr James Smith for Episode 4 of the Aegis Trust’s ‘Peace at Risk in Bosnia’ podcast ( – released today on the eve of commemorations marking 27 years since the genocide at Srebrenica, with extracts in the video above – survivor Hasan Hasanović uses [...]

Marina Helen Smith – A Life of Service to Humanity

2022-07-16T19:12:01+01:00June 27th, 2022|Memorial|

Marina Smith MBE, co-founder of the UK National Holocaust Centre and Museum – the birthplace of the Aegis Trust for genocide prevention – has passed away on June 26th 2022 at the age of 87 following a short illness and an extraordinary life of service to humanity. Born in Kolkata, India, on November 16th 1934, Marina moved [...]

Hate speech and incitement to genocide in D.R. Congo requires urgent response

2022-06-23T09:58:31+01:00June 23rd, 2022|Policy & Advocacy|   Statement from the Aegis Trust on hate speech and incitement to genocide in D.R. Congo Without urgent action there is a very high risk of widespread violence in D.R. Congo against Kinyarwanda speakers.  Violence is not new in DRC, where over 100 militia groups exist, and where the Congolese army, FARDC, has [...]

Kigali Genocide Memorial receives Royal Visit

2022-06-23T02:00:39+01:00June 22nd, 2022|Memorial|

Today Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial to honour the memory of the victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi, meeting survivors and learning about their experiences. The final resting-place for 250,000 victims of the genocide, in which a million people were killed in [...]

Aegis statement welcoming UK Bosnia visits, urging further action

2022-06-17T10:03:30+01:00June 17th, 2022|Policy & Advocacy|

The Aegis Trust welcomes the recent series of visits to Bosnia and Herzegovina by high profile UK politicians, and is particularly encouraged by the visit of the UK’s Minister for Europe and North America, the Rt Hon James Cleverly MP. The UK’s decision to help support Bosnia’s threatened election process, a crisis that was playing [...]

The Aegis Trust joins institutions across the World condemning Russian war crimes in Ukraine

2022-04-12T15:29:50+01:00April 12th, 2022|Uncategorised|

In response to the reports of mass graves and acts of brutality against Ukrainian citizens by Russian armed forces, the Aegis Trust has joined Holocaust Museums from four countries - including its sister organisation, the UK National Holocaust Centre - raising their voices together to speak out. In a joint statement, the organisations condemn these [...]

Kwibuka28 commemoration starts at the Kigali Genocide Memorial

2022-04-12T15:17:57+01:00April 12th, 2022|Memorial|

As the Kigali Genocide Memorial hosts the launch of Kwibuka 28 – the 28th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi – the Aegis Trust urges people worldwide to remember with Rwanda. In a ceremony commemorating the start of the genocide, the President and First Lady of Rwanda lit the flame of remembrance at [...]