"Judicial proceedings have been conducted and injunctions sought in Canadian courts to stop conferencing of people denying the Holocaust. Why then should a conference denying the Genocide in Rwanda be organised in Montreal?" he asked.
Referring to the definition of genocide under Chapter 24 (Bill C-19) of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act (Provisions of the Rome Statute), the activist said the timing of the conference itself amounted to committing genocide.
'For the purpose of this statute, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such (a) killing members of the group; (b) causing serious bodily and mental harm to members of the group,' reads part of Article 6.
"What they (Genocide deniers) are doing is to cause mental harm to survivors of the Genocide. Why do these conferences always come around March or April? That is committing genocide already because they are organized around the periods of Genocide commemoration," he said.
Calling for prosecution of Genocide deniers, Roumestan observed there was a precedent when the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in 2002 conducted a trial involving a denier of the Holocaust, Ernst Zundel, in which the Mayor's Committee on Community and Race Relations, and a Holocaust survivor, Sabina Citron, filed separate complaints alleging that Zundel "was placing messages of the world wide web that were likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt."
In that case, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled: "We therefore order that the Respondent, Ernst Zundel, and any other individuals who act in the name of, or in concert with Ernst Zundel cease the discriminatory practice of communicating telephonically or causing to be communicated telephonically by means of the facilities of a telecommunication undertaking within the legislative authority of parliament, matters of the type contained in Exhibit HR-2 and found on the Zundel site, or any other messages of a substantially similar form or content that are likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt by reason of the fact that the person or persons are identifiable on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination, contrary to s. 13 (1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act."
"This is the time to make the truth triumph over the evil; lets all stand up and tell the world the truth," Bolvin-Roumestan, who is the Vice President of Justice and Equity Inc., said.