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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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