21 February 2014

Ethiopia: Launching the Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide in Addis Ababa

Photo: Edwin Musoni/IPS
Rwandan genocide survivors exhuming the bodies of their relatives killed and buried in a mass grave during the 1994 100-day massacre.

Launching the Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide was marked on Thursday (February 20) at the African Union Old Conference Hall in Addis Ababa under the theme of "Remember, Unite, and Resolve."

The Commemoration is designed to remember the victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda and to revitalize the commitment of the 'never again' campaign against genocide in Africa. On behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, Ambassador Fisseha Yimer, Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, conveyed his profound sympathy and solidarity to the victims, the people and the Government of Rwanda.

Reminding those present of the enormous importance of remembering the victims of the genocide in order to avert conflicts, atrocities and crimes against humanity in Africa and more widely, he said the commemoration would contribute a lot to revitalize the commitment of Africa to prevent any similar crimes against humanity. Ambassador Fisseha noted that African Union had been involved in many efforts to prevent further escalation of conflicts through peacekeeping operations, mediation, peace-building and other post-conflict reconstruction efforts during the last two decades.

He stressed the significance of remembering and drawing lessons from the Rwanda genocide to tackle the new and emerging challenges of the continent. The Commemoration, jointly organized by the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission and the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda, was attended by over 300 participants from the Government of Ethiopia, the AU Commission, the diplomatic community, international organizations, and Rwandan community in Addis Ababa.

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