Security Council calls upon states to recommit to prevent and fight against genocide

WAM NEW YORK, April 16th 2014 (WAM) — The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2150 (2014), calling upon States to recommit to prevent and fight against genocide, and underscoring the importance of taking into account lessons learned from the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, during which Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed.

During a special meeting devoted to commemorating what UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson referred to in his remarks as “one of the darkest chapters in human history,” the Council underscored the importance of taking into account the lessons learned from those tragic 100 days in 1994, when genocide was committed against the Tutsi in Rwanda, during which Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed.

“As we mark the passage of 20 years since the genocide, we also pay special tribute to the impressive work of the Rwandan people for their own recovery and reconciliation,” said Mr. Eliasson in opening remarks, emphasizing that in the years since the tragedy, “Rwanda has come a long way” and is one of the few countries that have established a national institution dedicated to the prevention of genocide.

Yet, from Syria to South Sudan to the Central African Republic ? and beyond, today’s conflicts sadly show that efforts to protect populations from atrocities remain elusive. “These and other crises have different roots, yet there is a commonality. Across the landscape of conflict, we see similar fault lines – divisions based on religion, ethnicity, even language,” he said.

“And we see the rise of separatism, of extreme nationalism and demonization of �the Others;’ �Us versus Them;’ and �Our way or no way,'” Mr. Eliasson warned, stressing that no country is immune from the threat and all of humanity is diminished by it. All societies must therefore assess their vulnerability and work at every level to build resilience, tolerance and vigilance in detecting early warning signals of this nature of crises to come.

Calling on all States to live up to their responsibility to prevent genocide and other atrocities, to protect and promote human rights, and to support diversity and civil society, he declared: “Let us, in these days of so many horrible acts of blind and brutalizing violence be guided and inspired by the Preamble of the UN Charter, which reaffirms �the dignity and worth of the human person’ and [which] urges us to �live together as good neighbours’ in this world.” WAM/MMYS

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