Remembering Rwanda

Photo by Cecile Meijer, rscj

The Charter of the United Nations, the UN’s foundational document which created the UN in 1945, begins as follows: “We The Peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, …”

Three years later, in 1948, the Genocide Convention (Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide) was concluded (entering into force in 1951). In Article 1 of this treaty the States Parties “confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.” According to the Preamble, genocide is “contrary to the spirit and aims of the United Nations and condemned by the civilized world.” Yet genocide is still persisting today.

As we remember the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, here are some educational resources on the topic of genocide:

NGO Office, March 2015