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Rwandan genocide: Security Council told failure of political will led to ‘cascade of human tragedy’

16 April, 2014

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson addresses the Security Council meeting on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The Security Council today marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide by calling on all countries to recommit to prevent and fight such serious crimes, as a senior United Nations official warned that many of today’s conflicts reveal that protection of populations from atrocities remains “lagging and elusive.”

In Kigali, Ban marks 20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide urging vigilance to prevent future atrocities

7 April, 2014

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at a ceremony held in the UNDP coumpound in Kigali to commemorate the UN staff members who lost their lives in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Commemorating “one of the darkest chapters in human history,” United Nations officials paid tribute this morning to the 800,000 men, women and children – overwhelmingly Tutsi, moderate Hutu and Twa – that were systematically killed 20 years ago in Rwanda, and urged the international community to work together and remain vigilant to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again.

Heeding lessons of Rwanda, world must do more to prevent atrocities – Ban

6 April, 2014

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with President Paul Kagame in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on 6 April 2014. Photo: UN/Evan Schneider

As Rwandans commemorate the genocide that took place 20 years ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed during a visit to Kigali on Sunday the need for the international community to learn from such atrocities and to ensure that the words 'never again' are translated into action.

UN chief uses Central African Republic visit to spotlight ongoing crisis, urge end to violence

5 April, 2014

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Central African Republic on 5 April to spotlight the ongoing crisis. Photo: BINUCA/Balepe Mokosso Dany

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid a visit to the Central African Republic (CAR) on Saturday to focus the world's attention on a crisis that has been marked by widespread atrocities and suffering, and to call on the country's citizens to heed the lessons of neighbouring Rwanda and stop the violence.

Central African Republic: UN probe set to investigate reports of rights violations

10 March, 2014

Bernard Acho Muna, Chairperson of the International Commission of Inquiry on the Central African Republic. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferr

Underscoring the Central African Republic’s (CAR) history of coups, violence and impunity, the head of a United Nations inquiry warned today that the spread of hate speech and the collapse of law and order in the strife-riven country are likely precursors to grave human rights violations, including genocide.

UN marks launch of ‘Kwibuka20’ to ‘remember, unite, renew’ after Rwanda genocide

27 February, 2014

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) speaks at the launch of Kwibuka20, a series of observances marking 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda. At his side is Ambassador Eugne-Richard Gasana of Rwanda. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Ahead of the twentieth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today honoured the launch of “Kwibuka 20,” a series of events commemorating the tragedy, and urged the international community to do more to fully internalize and implement the lessons learned from the killings of 800,000 people in 1994.

Rwanda urged to lift restrictions on peaceful dissent as UN rights expert concludes visit

28 January, 2014

Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of peacful assembly and of association Maina Kiai. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferr

An independent United Nations human rights expert has urged the Rwandan Government to lift undue restrictions on the freedoms of peaceful assembly and association so that the country can expand its economic achievements since the 1994 genocide to the fields of multiparty democracy and human rights.

World must heed early warning signs to prevent genocide, UN is told

15 January, 2014

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson addresses special event commemorating 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Twenty years after the Rwanda genocide, where “the consequences of failing to heed the warning signs were monumentally horrifying,” the world must respond early to the risk of mass atrocities amid mounting religious and ethnic polarization and demonization, a United Nations special event warned today.

New UN ‘Rights up Front’ strategy seeks to prevent genocide, human rights abuses

18 December, 2013

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras (file photo)

Still haunted by its failure to forestall genocide in Rwanda and Srebrenica nearly 20 years ago and confronted by ongoing bloodshed in Syria and the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations is revamping its preventive strategies under a new initiative called ‘Rights up Front.’

UN honours Nelson Mandela as champion of peace, reconciliation

6 December, 2013

The UN flag flies at half-mast in remembrance of the late Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The United Nations family today mourned the loss – and celebrated the enduring legacy – of Nelson Mandela, the former South African leader and peace advocate who passed away yesterday at the age of 95.

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