genocide

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.

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.