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07 Apr 2014
By: Lamin Manneh, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in Rwanda
Today, the world is joining Rwanda, now a thriving country, to mark the twentieth commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi.
Sadly, the United Nations system and the world couldn’t stop the events unfolding on the ground. Worse, the United Nations could not even save many of its national staff. The consequences of failing to heed the warning signs of the genocide are forever engraved in our minds.
The United Nations and the international system are better prepared to anticipate, prevent, respond to crises and protect their staff. In addition, the world now has important mechanisms to end impunity, including the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court (ICC).
However, large scale human tragedies are still happening. As we speak, millions are being affected in the Central African Republic and South Sudan, for instance.
This is one the reason why UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon launched the “Rights up Front” Action Plan. In essence, the Rights up Front Action Plan seeks to strengthen the United Nations’ ability to prevent large-scale violations of human rights, particularly in conflict situations. The plan is framed by several guiding concepts:
First, the United Nations must respond to the early warning signs of mass atrocities to prevent them from happening.
Second, prevention is a common responsibility of the entire United Nations system.
Third, we can best meet this responsibility when we, at the United Nations, realize the potential of our combined mandates and roles and when we operate as “one”.
Fourth, sharing information with Member States and national actors about human right violations and civilians in need of protection is essential to creating political momentum for prevention.
If we are to prevent future tragedies, progress requires leadership and courage to speak out at the very early stage – the kind of leadership and courage which Roméo Dallaire, the Head of the United Nations Mission in Rwanda showed 20 years ago.
It also requires action, the kind of leadership President Kagame and his Government have exhibited in effectively protecting civilians.
Acting as one, the UN in Rwanda will continue to work hand-in-hand with the people of Rwanda towards lasting peace, inclusive development and human rights: in short, towards achieving dignity for all.
Today should serve as a reminder that “We the Peoples” – in the name and the words of the UN Charter - and our faith in fundamental human rights, remain at the heart of the work of the UN.
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- 3rd May 2015: The World Press Freedom Day 2015 was celebrated in Rwanda with a series of activities that included a football match between journalists and the Rwanda leadership club, paying tribute to journalists who lost their lives during the genocide against the Tutsi, and capped with a glamorous Development Journalism Award ceremony at which several journalists from different media houses won various awards. The Award Ceremony was attended by over 200 journalists, senior Government officials, the private sector representatives, civil society representatives, development partners and members of diplomatic community. During the ceremony, 21 journalists were awarded prizes including the news coverage award for both print and electronic media, the investigative journalism award, the best talk show award and the journalist of the year award, among others. In total, there were seven categories of the awards. The One UN Rwanda gave a Special Award to an ordinary citizen, Mr. Emmanuel Gitamburisho of Gakenke District, who has for over 25 years promoted a reading culture as well as access to information to rural citizens by collecting and distributing old newspapers to rural areas. Photo: UNDP-Rwanda/ Alice Kayibanda 06 May AT 11:30 AM
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