Tuesday, April 7, 2009

SG Ban Ki-moon Memorializes Victims of Rwandan Genocide

April 7, 2009: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon memorializes those murdered during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Today marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the mass killings.

"The United Nations continues its vital work to avert future tragedies. We have intensified our focus on conflict prevention, and built up our mediation capacity. We are doing more to protect civilians caught in conflict. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and other international courts are sending a strong signal that the world will not tolerate impunity for gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. My Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide monitors the world for signs of potential problems. And the “responsibility to protect” doctrine is bolstering UN prevention, protection, response and rebuilding mechanisms."

link to statement

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