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FEATURE: Family of UN peacekeeper who saved hundreds of lives in Rwanda shares memories of their father, husband

19 May, 2016

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presents the

On 31 May 1994, as Rwanda was descending into chaos, Captain Mbaye Diagne, a military observer at the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMIR), was in the capital, Kigali, driving back to the base when a mortar fell near his vehicle. Just 12 days from finishing up his service, he died instantly.

Ban highlights need to fight ‘genocide ideology,’ as UN reflects on 1994 atrocities in Rwanda

11 April, 2016

Rwandan refugees, who fled the genocide, returning in July 1994 from Goma, Zaire, (now the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC). UN Photo/John Isaac

At an event marking the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the only way to prevent genocide and other “egregious” violations of human rights is to acknowledge shared responsibility and commit to shared action to protect those at risk.

Remembering Rwanda, Ban urges a firm stand against hate speech

7 April, 2016

In 1996 in Rwanda, wooden crosses mark the graves in a cemetery in the village of Nyanza in a rural area of Kigali, the capital. During the 1994 genocide, over 10,000 people were burned to death in Nyanza as they tried to escape towards Burundi. Photo: UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

On the 22nd anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the role hate speech plays in inciting division and violence, and urged the international community to “fight genocide ideology.”

Prosecutor to appeal UN tribunal's acquittal of Vojislav Šešelj of war crimes in the Balkans

6 April, 2016

UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Photo: ICTY

The long-serving Prosecutor of the United Nations tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today announced that he will appeal The Hague-based court's recent acquittal of Serbian politician Vojislav Šešelj on war crimes charges in connection with actions committed by Serbian forces between August 1991 and September 1993.

Rwanda: chronic malnutrition rates drop but remain ‘stubbornly high,’ UN-backed study reveals

5 April, 2016

A young girl watches as a young boy eats from a sachet of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) in Mahama refugee camp, Eastern Province, Rwanda. Photo: UNICEF/Mike Pflanz

Chronic malnutrition in Rwanda have fallen significantly in the last three years, but still remain stubbornly high, especially in rural areas, finds a new study conducted over three years by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture with support from the World Food Programme (WFP).

Ban appoints long-serving UN tribunal jurist to head up courts' residual mechanism

2 March, 2016

Judge Carmel Agius, (left) President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, speaks with Judge Theodor Meron (right), President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, in the Security Council Chamber. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Judge Theodor Meron of the United States as President of the international body that will carry out the residual functions of the UN war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, for a new term that began yesterday, 1 March 2016.

UN tribunal on Rwandan genocide formally closes – major role in fight against impunity

31 December, 2015

A hearing of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda ICTR) in 1998. UN Photo/Milton Grant

The United Nations tribunal set up 21 years ago to judge those guilty for the genocide in Rwanda of more than 800,000 people – overwhelmingly Tutsi, and also moderate Hutu, Twa and others – formally closed today after delivering 45 judgments as part of the Organization’s efforts to stamp out impunity for crimes against humanity.

As UN tribunal on Rwandan genocide wraps up work, Security Council cites role in fight against impunity

22 December, 2015

President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Vagn Joensen. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Adopting a new resolution today, the Security Council welcomed the completion of judicial work of the United Nations tribunal set up in the wake of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, following delivery of the court’s last judgment on 14 December and its impending closure, set for 31 December 2015.

Ban vows to act quickly after report finds UN failed to respond ‘meaningfully’ to Central African Republic abuse allegations

17 December, 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon receives the report of the External Review Panel looking into allegations of sexual abuse by foreign military forces in the Central African Republic. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged to urgently review the recommendations made by an independent panel that found that the United Nations did not act with the “speed, care or sensitivity required,” when it uncovered information about crimes committed against children by soldiers – not under UN command – sent to the Central African Republic (CAR) to protect civilians.

UN chief takes note of judgement by German court against Rwandan rebel leaders

2 October, 2015

FDLR ex-combatants who voluntarily surrendered to MONUSCO. Photo: MONUSCO

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken note of the trial judgement handed down by a German court against the President and Vice-President of the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda, also known as FDLR, which has committed war crimes in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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