Impunity Must Become ‘a Relic of the Past’, Secretary-General Stresses in Message for Eighteenth Anniversary of Rwanda Genocide

11 April 2012
SG/SM/14222-AFR/2371

Impunity Must Become ‘a Relic of the Past’, Secretary-General Stresses in Message for Eighteenth Anniversary of Rwanda Genocide

11 April 2012
Secretary-General
SG/SM/14222
AFR/2371
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Impunity Must Become ‘a Relic of the Past’, Secretary-General Stresses


In Message for Eighteenth Anniversary of Rwanda Genocide

 


Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s video message on the eighteenth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, delivered on 11 April:


Today, we mark the eighteenth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda.  We remember the more than 800,000 innocent people who lost their lives.


This year’s theme is “learning from history to shape a bright future”.  Rwanda has learned from the appalling tragedy of 1994.  So has the world.  Rwanda is making progress towards building a more peaceful and just society.  The international community is striving to ensure that similar tragedies never happen again.


The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda delivered the first-ever verdicts in relation to genocide by an international court, and continues to pursue justice and accountability.  The International Criminal Court has become an effective deterrent for would-be perpetrators of grave crimes.


And to those who persist in suppressing their fellow citizens who cry out for dignity and freedom, we send a clear message:  justice will be done.  Impunity must become a relic of the past.  We are also working to strengthen conflict prevention and mediation, and to uphold the responsibility to protect.


Preventing genocide is a collective responsibility.  Let us continue to work together to ensure a future forever free of genocide.  This would be the most fitting way to remember those lost in Rwanda 18 years ago, and to honour the resilience of the survivors.


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