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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 is organizing or participating in commemorative events in many countries this year, 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:

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the official commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

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

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