07 April 2014

News: 20th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda

Today is the "International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda." It also marks the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the genocide.  Here are a few reflections that focus on lessons learned and assessments of the international community's response:

20 Years after the Genocide in Rwanda: Lessons Learned and Unlearned (UN Secretary-General, April 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Available in multiple languages.

Failure to Prevent: International Decision Making in the Age of Genocide (Center for the Prevention of Genocide & National Security Archive, April 2014) [access]
- Part of a larger feature on Rwanda 20 Years Later: "The initiative includes the posting of a series of 'electronic briefing books' that provide in-depth background to pivotal events before and during the genocide when international action could have made a difference."  One of these books, presented in three parts is "The Rwandan Refugee Crisis: Before the Genocide."  (Note: Click on the "Document" links to view PDFs of the originals.)

Genocide of Rwandan Tutsi 1994 (MSF, March 2013) [text]
- Part of MSF's Speaking Out case study series.  Several more recent case studies look at "the humanitarian consequences of the genocide affected-refugees and host populations."

The Rwandan Genocide: Twenty Years on (Oxfam Policy & Practice Blog, April 2014) [text]

Twenty Years on: The Rwandan Genocide and the Evaluation of the Humanitarian Response (Humanitarian Space, April 2014) [text]

Web site:

Genocide and Justice: Rwanda Twenty Years On (Thomson Reuters Foundation) [access]
- "To mark the 20th anniversary of the start of the Rwanda genocide, we showcase a selection of first-person accounts, features and factsheets highlighting the challenges of achieving justice and reconciliation in a country still haunted by the killings."

[Map credit: USHMM]

Tagged Events & Opportunities, Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

No comments: