20th Commemoration of the Rwanda Genocide
The start date of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, 7 April, has been designated by the UN General Assembly as the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda. On or around that date, the UN organized and participated in commemorative events in many countries, including in Armenia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo, Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
The memorial ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York took place on 16 April. See events.
The memorial ceremony was followed by the opening of an exhibit organized by the Government of Rwanda in the UN Visitors Centre.
The UN Secretary-General participated in the commemoration in Kigali, Rwanda, on 7 April 2014:
- Secretary-General's remarks at the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide
- Remarks of the Secretary-General following his meeting with Rwanda's President Paul Kagame
- Remarks at ceremony honouring UN staff victims of Rwanda Genocide
- Ban Ki-moon, Commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide (Kigali, Rwanda)
- Kwibuka 20 - Genocide Memorial (Kigali, Rwanda)
- Remember, Unite and Renew - UNOG Observance of International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda
- Kwibuka 20 - Walk to remember - Night Vigil
- Rwanda, 20 Years Later
April 7, 1994 marked the beginning of the Rwandan genocide.
This massacre took place over the course of 100 days, killing almost 20% of the population.
- 7 billion Others - Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide (07 April)
'They said that the Tutsis were bad, this is why we killed them'. Let’s commit to remember the more than 800,000 innocent people so brutally murdered, as we pay tribute to the bravery and resilience of the survivors.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the official commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. The event took place in Kigali’s National Stadium Amahoro (“peace”) where, in 1994, thousands of Rwandans found refuge.
07 April 2014 Kigali, Rwanda