Requesting GOOGLE to update Images of Rwanda on their Japan Servers!
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Googling the word "Rwanda"in Katakana (Japan's characters) gives you content of "Rwanda of 1994 " only. Rwanda in Katakana is written like this ルワンダ.
In the year 1994, there was a Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda where over 1 Million Tutsi and moderate Hutu were innocently killed. On 23 December 2003, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution (A/RES/58/234) designating 7 April, the start date of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, as the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda. Every year, on or around that date, the United Nations organizes commemorative events at its Headquarters in New York and at United Nations offices around the world. Since the establishment of the Programme in 2005, commemorative activities have taken place in more than 20 countries.(source:UN)
Rwandans and the International community wish not and will not forget such a mayhem. The narrative of Remember-Forgive-Reconcile and Never Again are succinctly what We Rwandans chose.
Now, where as the Genocide against Tutsi happened 22 years ago, Google searches in Japan still portray Rwanda as though the genocide happened yesterday. This is by no means a syndicate by Google to forever portray Rwanda as a pity genocide torn country. Google holds a high reputation, it can not be like some NGOs that have for years advertised images of poor African children with flies on their faces.
The reason why Google searches about "Rwanda" in Japan gives results of Rwandan genocide only is: Thousands of Japanese searched about "Rwanda" for their first time in the year 2004, when the Hollywood Film called "Hotel Rwanda" launched. Since then,Google Japan servers don't update their "Rwanda" cache.Google's Page Rank algorithm that feeds us with search results is robotic and curates its results using the "machine learning" phenomenon. The machines learn like children but are not curious like children to ever try to inquire if the information they hold is still valid or not.
If these machines/algorithms are not human altered, they can remain the same forever. "Rwanda" is a Country Brand,a young country that is brick by brick working hard to make its Brand known internationally.
What is the Legal basis of this petition ?
Under the European Laws' “Right to be Forgotten” :Individuals have the right - under certain conditions - to ask search engines to remove links with personal information about them. This applies where the information is inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive for the purposes of the data processing (para 93 of the ruling). (Source:europa.eu)
Note: This particular request is not for Google to "forget the old links" but to "remember both old and new Rwanda" when searched for ルワンダ.
Therefore, if this petition gets enough signatures, it should be enough evidence for Google to consider it.
Why should Google Update its images of Rwanda in Japan ?
Each time, I meet a Japanese in Japan, and tell them that "I am from Rwanda", they respond with empathy as though "I am from Syria",(apology:not meant to be rude to Syria). When they/you google for Rwanda and Syria today, its all war, despite the 22years difference.
And we all take Google's search results as true and current facts.
Due to this and may be other reasons, Rwanda has only registered a total of less than 10 Japanese Investors, despite Rwanda being 3rd best country to do business in Africa
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