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World ‘must nurture the courage to care – and the resolve to act,’ says UN chief, reflecting on 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday urged the world to reflect on the suffering of those who perished, as well as survived, the Rwandan genocide, and resolve to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again.

News in Brief 06 April 2018

  • UN human rights office appeals over Gaza demonstrations
  • Venezuela refugees in Brazil need help from international community: UN refugee agency
  • Prevention is key to avoid repeat of Rwanda genocide
  • Global health agency (WHO) prepares to turn 70  on 7 April
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On Rwandan genocide anniversary, UN leaders ask: Can world muster the will to prevent new atrocities?

As the world officially remembers the genocidal murder of 800,000 Rwandans in 1994, United Nations leaders warn that ethnic cleansing and mass atrocities continue to blight humanity and call for sharper action to prevent such wholesale violations.   

Focus on future, prioritize reconciliation for the region, UN envoy urges Western Balkans

Concluding a twelve-day visit to Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide called for concerted and sustained efforts to prioritize reconciliation and prevention.

People of CAR “have no alternative” to UN and partners

The war-weary people of the Central African Republic (CAR) have “no alternative” but to rely on the UN and the international community to help forge a lasting peace.

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Why we should honour UN heroes like Captain Diagne

The courageous story of fallen peacekeepers like Captain Mbaye Diagne should serve as a reminder that the UN’s duty to protect “should prevail over all other considerations”, his foundation has said.

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UNESCO launches first-ever policy guide on Holocaust education and genocide prevention

The United Nations educational and cultural agency has launched a first-ever policy guide for education on the Holocaust and, more broadly, genocide and mass atrocities.

The power of bearing witness: how rape became an act of genocide

During the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, “rape was as much a tool of genocide as the machete,” the UN special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Bangura has said.

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'Learn the lessons of Rwanda,' says UN chief, calling for a future of tolerance, human rights for all

Marking the twenty-third anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, during which Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres today said the only way to honour the memory of the victims is to ensure such events never happen again.

CLASSIC PODCAST: The man who defined genocide

Raphael Lemkin is hardly a household name now, but before the Second World War, he became the driving force behind what would become, in 1948, the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.