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As the world officially remembers the genocidal murder of 800,000 Rwandans in 1994, United Nations leaders warn that ethnic cleansing and mass atrocities continue to blight humanity and call for sharper action to prevent such wholesale violations.
Twenty-four years ago, on 7 April, ethnic Hutus in Rwanda began the frenzied slaughter of Tutsis, moderate Hutus and others in what is widely regarded as one of the darkest episodes in recent history.
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.
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.