International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda

But when we say,
that man responsible,
it does not mean,
that he is responsible only
for their individuality.
He is responsible for all the people.
Jean-Paul Sartre



International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda (Commemoration of the Rwanda Genocide), celebrated annually on April 7, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations December 23 in 2005, along with information and education program. This program aims to mobilize civil society "in order to preserve the memory of the victims of the genocide in Rwanda in order to help prevent genocide in the future».

The events are dedicated to the international date occurred in Rwanda in 1994, when the interim government that took power in a military coup, beginning to destroy people considered their enemies — both on political grounds, and on ethnic. The number of killed in a hundred days was, according to various estimates, from half a million to a million people.

The UN resolution recognizes the "numerous difficulties faced by survivors of the 1994 genocide," and recommended that states — members of the organization to assist victims of unlawful actions of the interim government.

The United Nations is implementing this program in Africa and in other regions of the world. The program held a memorial ceremony, "round tables", film screenings, exhibitions and discussions. In educational purposes developed information materials on two major issues: the prevention of genocide and support for victims of violence.

«We all have a collective and individual responsibility for the prevention of genocide. The victims of the Rwandan genocide forced us to face the ugly reality of the tragedy, which could have been avoided. The only way to truly honor the memory of those who perished in Rwanda 17 years ago — it does not prevent the recurrence of such events ever in the future, "- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, April 7, 2011.