UN debates how to repair harm done to genocide survivors

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Wreath laying ceremony at the plaque in commemoration of the UN staff who lost their lives during the Rwandan genocide (UNDP Compound) UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The rights of survivors of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes need to be met and reparation has to be made.

That's the theme for Thursday's annual high level meeting organized by the "Group of Friends of the International Criminal Court (ICC)".

Delegates from Member States, the UN and civil society are meeting for the first time to remember and honour the survivors of genocide and to discuss ideas and strategies to prevent genocide and other such crimes of "atrocity".

The meeting highlights the role the ICC, an independent but UN-backed court, can play in helping to fulfil the survivors' rights and delivering reparative justice.

The meeting also underscores the three main focus areas of the Court's work namely ending impunity, prevention of atrocity crimes and providing justice for victims.

April is the commemorative month of several genocides including the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, Armenian Genocide and the Cambodian genocide.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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