2020 International Day of Victims of Crime of Genocide

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09-Dec-2020 02:04:08
A special event to mark the 72nd anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime.

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Judges and experts shared their experiences in securing justice for victims of genocide and related crimes at the special event in New York.

Mr. Guterres acknowledged the contributions made by special national mechanisms to reckon with genocide, and the international tribunals set up within the UN system.

"The Human Rights Council, General Assembly and Security Council investigative bodies - fact-finding missions, groups of experts, high-level missions and commissions of inquiry - also play a fundamental role", he said.

He paid tribute to the "pivotal role" of civil society, in amplifying the voices of victims, and calling for accountability and reparations: "It often takes decades and generations for a community destroyed by genocide to recover. Preventing genocide, ultimately involves all of society, which must always remain committed and vigilant."

The UN chief said we must all work harder, "to repair the fissures and polarization that are so prevalent in our societies today."

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