in a Message In commemoration of the 1994 International Day of Reflection on the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres He emphasized that everyone should “take a hard look at today’s world and make sure that we have heard the lessons learned 27 years ago.”
The genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda remains in our collective conscience among the most horrific events in modern human history.
– Antonio Guterres (antonioguterres) April 6, 2021
Over a million people were systematically killed in Rwanda, over the course of just 100 days.
Mr. Guterres warned that “people today, all over the world, are threatened by extremist groups bent on strengthening their ranks through social polarization and political and cultural manipulation,” adding that while the technology and techniques used by extremists develop, “messages and rhetoric remain.” As it is.
The dehumanization of societies, misinformation and hate speech fuels the flames of violence.
COVID-19 is fueling discrimination and polarization
Mr. Guterres emphasized the urgency of addressing the deep divisions, especially given that Covid-19 A crisis that has deeply affected the “full range” of human rights everywhere and further fueled discrimination, social polarization and inequality “all of which can lead to violence and conflict.”
“We saw what happened in Rwanda in 1994, and we know the horrific consequences when hatred is allowed to spread,” he said, calling on everyone to defend human rights and ensure full respect for all members of society.
“On this great day, let us all commit to building a world guided by human rights and dignity for all,” added Mr. Guterres.
Rwandans “rebuilt from the rubble”
The Secretary-General went on to point out that the people of Rwanda, having witnessed “one of the most painful chapters” in modern human history, “have been rebuilt from under the ashes.”
“After suffering unspeakable violence and discrimination based on gender, women in Rwanda now occupy more than 60 percent of parliamentary seats – making Rwanda a global leader,” he added, referring to Rwanda’s offer of Justice And reconciliation.