UN Secretary General Warns Against Intolerance as Rwanda Commemorates Genocide

The United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres has warned against the rising xenophobia, racism and intolerance in many parts of the world.

Mr. Guterres in a message released from Geneva on Sunday to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda, said there is dangerous trend of intolerance.

He stated the Rwanda genocide anniversary is an opportunity to honor those who were murdered, and reflect on the suffering and resilience of those who survived.

The UN boss singled out Libérée Kayumba now working for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Rwanda, helping refugees to meet their basic needs and survive the challenging conditions they face in the camps. She is a survivor of 1994 genocide and her family members were reportedly killed in her presence,

The UN chief said Ms. Libérée is an example of the reconciliation and urged peoples and countries to work together to build a harmonious future for all.

He appealed to all political, religious and civil society leaders to reject hate speech and discrimination, which he described as an affront to our values, and threats to human rights, social stability and peace, and to “work vigorously to address and mitigate the root causes that undermine social cohesion, and create conditions for hatred and intolerance.”

The United Nations is commemorating the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda with events around the world, including a memorial ceremony at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, and an event at the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, organized in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations,


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