Posted by: africanpressorganization | 8 April 2009

Fifteenth Anniversary of Rwanda Genocide



Fifteenth Anniversary of Rwanda Genocide


NEW YORK, April 8, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general and the spokesperson for the general assembly president



Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the Rwanda genocide.  The Secretary-General will participate today in an event commemorating the fifteenth anniversary of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. 


In his remarks, the Secretary-General will say that, 15 years later, the massacre that left more than 800,000 innocent victims still “haunts our collective conscience”, and he takes the opportunity to reaffirm that “the prevention of genocide is a collective responsibility”.  He will encourage the world community to rise to this challenge in honour of the memory of those who died.


The Secretary-General further will stress that the actions of international courts such as the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda send strong signals that the world will no longer tolerate impunity for violations of human rights and the law.


The commemorative event, which will take place in the Trusteeship Council in a few minutes, has been organized by the Department of Public Information, together with the Permanent Mission of Rwanda.


The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Francis Deng, and two Rwandan students will also present testimonies of survivors.  Two photographic exhibits will be launched at this event, which can be viewed until 10 May in the Main Gallery of the Visitors’ Lobby.



SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General



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