UN / RWANDAN GENOCIDE ANNIVERSARY

07-Apr-2021 00:03:23
At a virtual event remembering the victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said preventing history from repeating itself requires countering the “hate-driven movements that have become a transnational threat.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / RWANDAN GENOCIDE ANNIVERSARY
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DATELINE: 07 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, United Nations headquarters

07 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Multiple screens, musicians
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“As we join in solidarity with the people of Rwanda, we must take a hard look at today’s world and ensure that we heed the lessons of 27 years ago. Today, around the globe, people are threatened by extremist groups determined on boosting their ranks through social polarization and political and cultural manipulation. These extremist movements represent the principal security threat in many countries. While the technology and techniques that extremists use are evolving, the vile messages and rhetoric remain the same. The dehumanization of communities, misinformation and hate speech are stoking the fires of violence.”
4. Wide shot, Guterres walking to candles
5. Close up, Guterres lighting candle
6. Wide shot, Guterres standing for moment of silents
7. Close up, lit candle
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We saw what happened in Rwanda in 1994, and we know the horrific consequences when hate is allowed to prevail. Preventing history from repeating itself requires countering these hate-driven movements that have become a transnational threat. We must redouble our efforts, and forge a Common Agenda, to renew and reinvigorate our collective actions going forward.”
9. Pan right, lit candles
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Volkan Bozkir, President, United Nations General Assembly:
“We pledge, in their memory, to do better. To stop hate speech when it is first uttered. To protect and uphold the rights of every individual, without distinction. To condemn incitement, harassment, and violence against persons or communities. To take timely and effective steps to protect communities that are under threat of mass atrocities. To prevent future acts of genocide. To ensure accountability and justice.”
11. Wide shot, Rwandan ambassador walking to candles
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Valentine Rugwabiza, Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations:
“The aim of genocide denial is one, to erase the memory of the victims of genocide after their physical extermination.”
13. Close up, Rwandan ambassador lighting candle
14. Wide shot, Rwandan ambassador standing for moment of silence
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Valentine Rugwabiza, Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations:
“In genocide, historical clarity is of the essence and contributes to effective prevention. The task of fighting impunity and denial is the responsibility of all member states. It should be at the heart of the United Nations. Despite deceit, the truth prevails.”
16. Med shot, musician playing violin
STORYLINE
At a virtual event remembering the victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said preventing history from repeating itself requires countering the “hate-driven movements that have become a transnational threat.”

Guterres said as the world joins in solidarity with the people of Rwanda, “we must take a hard look at today’s world and ensure that we heed the lessons of 27 years ago,” when more than one million people were systematically murdered in less than three months in Rwanda.

He said, “Today, around the globe, people are threatened by extremist groups determined on boosting their ranks through social polarization and political and cultural manipulation. These extremist movements represent the principal security threat in many countries. While the technology and techniques that extremists use are evolving, the vile messages and rhetoric remain the same. The dehumanization of communities, misinformation and hate speech are stoking the fires of violence.”

Guterres added that the “horrific consequences” of allowing hate to prevail are evident in the events that took place in Rwanda in 1994. He said, “We must redouble our efforts, and forge a Common Agenda, to renew and reinvigorate our collective actions going forward.”

The UN chief said Rwanda experienced one of the most painful chapters in modern human history, but its people have rebuilt from the ashes. In marking the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, he called on people to commit to building a world guided by human rights and dignity for all.


UN General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir said the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda pierced the conscience of humanity, adding the world realized the gravity of its collective failure.

Bozkir said, “We pledge, in their memory, to do better. To stop hate speech when it is first uttered. To protect and uphold the rights of every individual, without distinction. To condemn incitement, harassment, and violence against persons or communities. To take timely and effective steps to protect communities that are under threat of mass atrocities. To prevent future acts of genocide. To ensure accountability and justice.”

Rwandan ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza said remembrance is an act of honouring those lost as well as an act of prevention. She said countering denial is essential for breaking the cycle and stressed that denial is a phase of genocide that is conceived by its masterminds from the very start of their hateful project.

Rugwabiza said there has been a recent rise in denial of the genocide against the Tutsi, adding that the
aim of genocide denial is to “erase the memory of the victims of genocide after their physical extermination.”

The Rwandan ambassador said, “In genocide, historical clarity is of the essence and contributes to effective prevention. The task of fighting impunity and denial is the responsibility of all member states. It should be at the heart of the United Nations. Despite deceit, the truth prevails.”

Rugwabiza underscored that genocide denial can be countered through education, information, survivor testimonies and by holding accountable and bringing to justice those who continue to perpetuate it.
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