genocide

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.

Security Council creates new medal to honour ‘exceptional courage’ of UN personnel

The Security Council today decided to create “the Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage” in honour of a United Nations peacekeeper credited with saving hundreds of, perhaps even a thousand, Rwandans from death during the 1994 genocide.

Heeding lessons of Rwanda, world must do more to prevent atrocities – Ban

As Rwandans commemorate the genocide that took place 20 years ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed during a visit to Kigali on Sunday the need for the international community to learn from such atrocities and to ensure that the words 'never again' are translated into action.

At Brussels conference, Ban says genocide prevention is global responsibility

Addressing the International Conference on Genocide Prevention in Brussels, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared that defending human rights is a global responsibility, and called on all Governments to renew their commitment to vigilance and political will to prevent any mass atrocities from ever occurring again.

UN marks launch of ‘Kwibuka20’ to ‘remember, unite, renew’ after Rwanda genocide

Ahead of the twentieth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today honoured the launch of “Kwibuka 20,” a series of events commemorating the tragedy, and urged the international community to do more to fully internalize and implement the lessons learned from the killings of 800,000 people in 1994.

World must heed early warning signs to prevent genocide, UN is told

Twenty years after the Rwanda genocide, where “the consequences of failing to heed the warning signs were monumentally horrifying,” the world must respond early to the risk of mass atrocities amid mounting religious and ethnic polarization and demonization, a United Nations special event warned today.