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Remembering Rwanda

Draft UN Resolution to designate April 7, 2004 as the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

2004-02-05, Issue 142

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"Recognizing that April 2004 is the tenth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, the General Assembly:
1. Decides to designate 7 April 2004 as the International Day of Reflection on the genocide in Rwanda,
2. Encourages all Member States, organisations of the United Nations system and other relevant international organisations, as well as civil society organisations, to observe the International Day, including special observances and activities in memory of the victims of the genocide in Rwanda."

International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide
in Rwanda - Draft Resolution


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The General Assembly,

Guided by the Charter of the United Nations and the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

Recalling its resolution 260A (III) of 9 December 1948
by which it adopted the Convention for the Prevention
and Suppression of the Crime of Genocide, as well as
its resolution 53/43 of 2 December 1998 entitled
"Fiftieth Anniversary of the Convention on the
Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide",
and its other resolutions relevant to the issue of
genocide;

Also Recalling the findings and recommendations of the
Independent Inquiry commissioned by the
Secretary-General, with the approval of the Security
Council, into the actions of the United Nations during
the 1994 genocide in Rwanda,

Further recalling Security Council resolution 955
(1994) on the establishment of The International
Criminal Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons
Responsible for Genocide and Other serious Violations
of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the
Territory of Rwanda and Rwanda Citizens Responsible
for Genocide and Other Serious Violations Committed in
the Territory of Neighboring States between 1 January
and 31 December 1994,

Recalling also the report containing the findings and
recommendations of The International Panel of Eminent
Persons, commissioned by the Organization of African
Unity, to investigate the Genocide in Rwanda that
started on 7 April 1994 and the Surrounding Events,
entitled "The Preventable Genocide,"

Noting with concern that many alleged perpetrators of
genocide continue to elude justice,

Recognizing the importance of combating impunity for
all violations that constitute the crime of genocide.

Convinced that exposing and holding the perpetrators,
including their accomplices, accountable, as well as
restoring the dignity of victims through
acknowledgement and commemoration of their suffering,
would guide societies in the prevention of future
violations,

Taking note of the recommendation of the Executive
Council of the African Union, at its Second Ordinary
Session held in N'Djamena from 3 to 6 March 2003, that
the United Nations and the International community
commemorate an international day of reflection on the
1994 genocide in Rwanda and recommitment to the fight
against genocide throughout the world.

Recognizing that April 2004 is the tenth anniversary
of the genocide in Rwanda.

1. Decides to designate 7 April 2004 as the
International Day of Reflection on the genocide in
Rwanda,

2. Encourages all Member States, organizations of the
United Nations system and other relevant international
organizations, as well as civil society organizations,
to observe the International Day, including special
observances and activities in memory of the victims of
the genocide in Rwanda.

3. Further encourages all Member States, organizations
of the United Nations System and other relevant
international organizations, to consider promoting
implementation of the recommendations of the report of
the Independent Inquiry into the actions of the United
Nations during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

4. Calls on all states to act in accordance with the
Convention for the Prevention and Suppression of the
Crime of Genocide in ensuring that there is no
repetition of events of the kind, which occurred in
Rwanda in 1994.

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