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16th Commemoration of the Genocide in Rwanda (2010)

"Today, we observe the sixteenth commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda. We cherish the memory of more than 800,000 innocent people who lost their lives. Our thoughts are also with the survivors, whose haunting testimony woke us to the reality of a tragedy that was all too preventable."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Events at UN Headquarters in New York

For the 16th commemoration of the Rwanda genocide, the United Nations Department of Public Information organised in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the UN several events on Wednesday, 7 April 2010 and Thursday, 8 April 2010 at UN Headquarters in New York.

Rwanda Commemoration 2010

16th Commemoration of the Genocide in Rwanda (2010)

A candle-lighting ceremony featured music performed by young Rwandan and international musicians from the Mozart Academy and guest violinist Sirena Huang, to accompany remarks by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to the UN, H.E. Eugène-Richard Gasana, the Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the UN, H.E. Susan E. Rice, the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Francis Deng, the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect Edward Luck, and Rwanda genocide survivor Jacqueline Murekatete.

The ceremony was followed by a film screening of "As We Forgive", a documentary about the power and pain of reconciliation in Rwanda, and a post-screening discussion with the film's director, Laura Waters Hinson and genocide survivor Yvette Rugasaguhunga.

A student videoconference on "Rebuilding After Genocide: Justice, Reconciliation and Reintegration" connected students in New York, Illinois and Mexico City with representatives from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission and the National Service of Gacaca Courts in Rwanda and a Rwandan genocide survivor.

Messages and Statements

Videos (requires Real Player)

Other Commemorative Events

Other commemorative events were organized around the world.


7 April was designated as the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda by the General Assembly in December 2003. General Assembly resolution A/RES/58/234 calls on all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and other relevant international organizations, as well as civil society organizations, to observe the International Day, including special observances and activities in memory of the victims of the genocide in Rwanda.

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