Annan establishes prominent advisory group on genocide prevention

Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu of South Africa and the former United Nations Force Commander in Rwanda are among the seven diverse experts appointed today by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to provide support to his Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and to contribute to the broader efforts of the UN to prevent such massive crimes against humanity.

On remembrance day for Rwanda’s genocide victims, UN urges action on Darfur

Marking 12 years since the horrific genocide in Rwanda, when at least 800,000 people were massacred, mostly butchered with machetes, for being ethnic Tutsis or Hutu moderates, the United Nations adviser on preventing such crimes today warned of similarities with what is happening in Sudan’s Darfur region, as he urged the global community to do more to stop the increasing bloodshed there.

Annan calls for decisive measures to prevent genocide

Marking the 55th anniversary of the international Convention against Genocide, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the international community to strengthen its ability to prevent that horror and to take decisive measures against serious human rights violations that may foreshadow it.