Human Rights, democracy

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي لتعددية الأطراف والدبلوماسية من أجل السلام.

12 April 2019, General Assembly

Remarks on the 25th Anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

I am honoured to be with you on this solemn and moving occasion.
 
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
 
In one of the darkest chapters in recent human history, more than one million people – overwhelmingly Tutsi, but also moderate Hutu and others who opposed the genocide – were systematically killed in less than three months. 
 
On this Day, we honour those who were murdered and reflect on the suffering and resilience of those who survived.
 

11 April 2019, General Assembly

Remarks to General Assembly on the 100th Anniversary of the International Labour Organization

A century ago – as the rubble from the First World War still smouldered – global leaders came together in Versailles and affirmed a principle that echoes to this day. 
 
Indeed, in the first words of the constitution of the International Labour Organization, it is written “Universal and lasting peace can be established only if it is based upon social justice.”
 
It was a time of upheaval. 
 
Working people were demanding fair treatment and dignity in work, adequate wages, an eight-hour working day and freedom of association. 
 

10 April 2019, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks to the press at the UN Security Council

Today I had the opportunity to brief the Security Council on the situation in Libya.

As you remember, as I was leaving Benghazi and leaving Libya, I said I was deeply concerned and that I had a heavy heart with the possibility of a serious confrontation in and around Tripoli.

Unfortunately, until now that feeling has been entirely confirmed.

But, it is still time to stop.

It is still time for a ceasefire to take place – for a cessation of hostilities to take place and to avoid the worse which would be a dramatic, bloody battle for Tripoli.

04 April 2019, Tripoli

Opening remarks at press conference in Tripoli, Libya

Thank you very much for your presence. This visit has been conceived as a visit of solidarity with the Libyan people – The Libyan people that have suffered too much and deserve to live in a normal country with normal political institutions, with peace, security and prosperity.

The UN has no agenda and no interests in relation to Libya but one: the welfare of the Libyan people, the peace in the country, and the possibility to live in a normal democracy and to take profit of the enormous wealth of the country to benefit its citizens.

03 April 2019, Cairo

Opening remarks at press conference with Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shokry Selim of Egypt

I’d like to first of all express my deep gratitude for the wonderful Egyptian hospitality, which I always enjoy when coming to Cairo.
 
I am very grateful for the opportunity to have a lengthy and very important discussion with His Excellency President [Abdelfattah al] Sisi and with Minister [Sameh] Shoukry yesterday and today.
 

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة الذكرى السنوية الخامسة والعشرين للإبادة الجماعية المرتكبة ضد التوتسي في رواندا.

22 March 2019, New York City

Remarks at press encounter at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York

As salaam alaikum.
 
I am honoured to be here on this holy day to pay my respects and show my solidarity with the Muslim community from New York to New Zealand and beyond.
 
The horrific terror attack in Christchurch took place exactly one week ago.  Our hearts remain heavy with grief and sympathy for the families of the victims.
 
Over the last few days, we have learned more about those victims and their stories. 
 

22 March 2019, New York City

Remarks at the 96th Street Mosque in Manhattan

As salaam alaikum.  Thank you very much.
 
I am here on this holy day to express my solidarity and to offer my support to you, to your community and to your families.
 
We are still reeling from last Friday’s terrorist attack in New Zealand.  At the same time, we have come to learn so many inspiring stories about the victims.
 

25 March 2019, General Assembly

Remarks at event to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

I am pleased to join you to observe the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
 
This is an occasion for all of us to renew our promise to end racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, including social and ethnic discrimination, anti-Muslim hatred and anti-Semitism.
 
The massacre at two mosques in New Zealand two Fridays ago is the latest tragedy rooted in such poison.
 
Last Friday I visited the Islamic Center here in New York to show my solidarity and express my outrage.