genocide

At Srebrenica memorial, UN Deputy Secretary-General urges action against future atrocities

The international community has grown ever more vigilant to the warning signs of human rights abuses since the days of the tragic Srebrenica massacre 20 years ago but much more still remains to be done, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared today.

UN officials recall 'horror' of Srebrenica as Security Council fails to adopt measure condemning massacre

As the United Nations Security Council failed to adopt a resolution that some of its permanent members called “vital for reconciliation” and others called “divisive,” senior UN officials stressed that the horror of the genocidal massacre at Srebrenica continued to haunt the Organization 20 years after thousands of ethnic Bosnian Muslim men and boys were slaughtered during a week of preventable brutality.

Recalling 'responsibility to protect' UN pays tribute to victims of Srebrenica genocide

During a high-level commemorative event in New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, perpetrated 20 years ago, and which, he said, “will forever weigh on the collective conscience of the international community.”

Reflecting on Rwanda, Ban urges courage ‘to counter the cruelty taking place before our eyes’

The world must make use of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda to look back on the past – and to squarely confront the challenges of the present, renewing the collective resolve and summoning the courage to prevent such atrocities from happening again, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

In Washington, UN rights chief says atrocities can be prevented through better global leadership

World leaders too often choose to violate international law and set aside moral principles, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said today, as he warned against “sinking into a state of paralysis” and called for a deeper form of education that equips people with moral courage to act toward one another with responsibility and care.

International Court of Justice dismisses genocide claims by Croatia and Serbia

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the main judicial body of the United Nations, today rejected claims made by Croatia and Serbia accusing each other of committing genocide during the Balkan wars of the 1990s, a decision that is “without appeal” and binding.

Genocide occurs when ‘warning signs’ ignored, action not taken – UN deputy chief

During a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp today, United Nations Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson called for reflection on how better to prevent horrific crimes witnessed during the Holocaust and other genocides.

At NY synagogue, UN deputy chief says uprooting seeds of racism, hatred vital to prevent genocide

During a memorial service in honour of victims of the Holocaust at the Park East Synagogue in New York today, Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said that preventing genocide required efforts to understand the forces behind it.

UN launches new tool to help to stop atrocity crimes ‘before tensions escalate’

With much more needing to be done to prevent crises and protect populations at risk of genocide, the Framework of Analysis for Atrocity Crimes offered a route to reaching that vitally important goal, the Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today at the tool’s official launch.

Genocide begins with ‘dehumanization;’ no single country is immune from risk, warns UN official

Not a single country is immune to the risk of genocide, said the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide today as he marked the 66th anniversary of the signing of the 1948 Genocide Convention.