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UN tribunal on Rwandan genocide formally closes – major role in fight against impunity

The United Nations tribunal set up 21 years ago to judge those guilty for the genocide in Rwanda of more than 800,000 people – overwhelmingly Tutsi, and also moderate Hutu, Twa and others – formally closed today after delivering 45 judgments as part of the Organization’s efforts to stamp out impunity for crimes against humanity.

As UN tribunal on Rwandan genocide wraps up work, Security Council cites role in fight against impunity

Adopting a new resolution today, the Security Council welcomed the completion of judicial work of the United Nations tribunal set up in the wake of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, following delivery of the court’s last judgment on 14 December and its impending closure, set for 31 December 2015.

UN marks first International Day to commemorate victims of genocide; the ‘crime of crimes’

The United Nations today marked the first International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime to remember the victims of the “crime of crimes” and to call for action against the rise of hostility, xenophobia and intolerance across the world.

“Absolute evil” of terrorist attacks has historical precedent

The terrorist attacks in Paris, France, which led to the deaths of 129 people have been described as acts of “absolute evil” by a Holocaust event participant, at UN headquarters.

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UN official welcomes proclamation of International Day to honour victims of genocide

The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has welcomed the resolution adopted by the General Assembly last week proclaiming 9 December as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime.

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.