07 Apr 2014
Statement on the 20th Commemoration of the Genocide in Rwanda

Today the international community will commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Rwandan genocide. Over the course of a 100 day period between April and July of 1994 at least 800,000 Rwandans were murdered in the fastest genocide of the twentieth century. The United Nations and its Member States failed to take early action to halt the incitement of ethnic hatred against the Tutsis and prevent the impending genocide. Today the Global Centre is asking states to uphold their Responsibility to Protect, continue to build support for it and ensure that it is consistently and effectively implemented in practice. See the Global Centre's statement.