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07 Apr 2014 description

AI Index: AFR 47/001/2013

On the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, the international community must continue its efforts to improve its response to mass atrocities.

Between April and July 1994, around 800,000 Rwandan Tutsi and Hutu opposed to the government were killed in a major human catastrophe of the 20th century. Many others were tortured, including women and girls subjected to rape and other forms of sexual abuse.

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By BAN Ki-moon

Today in the Central African Republic, government and community leaders are struggling to help the country find the path of peace.

On Monday in Kigali, I will join the people of Rwanda in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the genocide, the reverberations of which are still being felt across an arc of uncertainty in Africa’s Great Lakes region -- and in the collective conscience of the international community.