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Commemoration of Rwanda genocide observed on Wednesday
06 April 2010 / 11:40

[Dateline: New York | Author: Department of Public Information] 

In observance of the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda  , a candle-lighting ceremony will be held Wednesday, 7 April at UN Headquarters in New York from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m.  A ceremony will also take place in Geneva.  UN Information Centres around the world will be screening films.

The ceremony in New York will feature music performed by young Rwandan and international musicians to accompany remarks by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro. She will speak alongside the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to the UN, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to the UN, H.E. Eugène-Richard Gasana; the Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the UN, H.E. Susan E. Rice; the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Francis Deng; the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Edward Luck; and Rwandan genocide survivor, Jacqueline Murekatete. ( Flyer  )

The event will be followed from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. by a film screening of "As We Forgive" ( www.asweforgivemovie.com  ), a documentary about the power and pain of reconciliation in Rwanda, with a post-screening discussion with the film's director, Laura Waters Hinson and genocide survivor Yvette Rugasaguhunga, to be moderated by the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Edward Luck.

Both events will take place in the ECOSOC Chamber (North Lawn Building). The event is open to UN staff, delegates and invited guests. Those without UN grounds passes and missions requesting VIP seating for Ambassadors and their guests must RSVP by Monday, 5 April to nolte@un.org  . UN staff do not need to RSVP.

In Geneva, the Permanent Mission of Rwanda will mark the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda in a ceremony on Wednesday, 7 April 2010, including statements from H.E. Ms. Venetia Sebudandi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Ms. Navenethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and others, including the testimony of a survivor. 

Around the world, United Nations Information Centres will also be organising commemorative events including ceremonies, film screenings and panel discussions in Accra, Antananarivo, Bogota, Brazzaville, Buenos Aires, Canberra, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka, Mexico, Nairobi, New Delhi, Ouagadougou and Rabat. 

On Thursday, 8 April, in connection with this year’s 16th commemoration, a student videoconference on "Rebuilding After Genocide: Justice, Reconciliation and Reintegration” will connect students in New York, Illinois and Mexico City with representatives from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission and the National Service of Gacaca Courts in Rwanda and a Rwandan genocide survivor.