Menendez Introduces Resolution Observing the 25th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda. By PR



Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced a resolution marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, which killed an estimated 800,000 Rwandans, causing millions to flee the country as refugees.

“This April we join with the people of Rwanda and the global community to solemnly commemorate the 25th Anniversary of this terrible moment in history,” said Senator Menendez. “As we commend the people and government of Rwanda in continuing to take steps toward peace, reconciliation and accountability, we also acknowledge the tragic failure of the international community, including the United States, in providing urgent assistance in helping to prevent and stop the organized campaign and the mass killing that ensued.”

The resolution calls on the United States and the international community to cooperate in preventing and responding to genocide and crimes against humanity in nations across the globe, seizing on the occasion of this anniversary to focus attention on the future of Rwanda, and supporting the Rwandan people toward creating a brighter future.

The full text of the resolution

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

Mr. MENENDEZ (for himself, Mr. ISAKSON, Mr. RUBIO, Mr. KAINE, Mr.CARDIN, Mr. COONS, Mr. MERKLEY, and Mr. BOOKER) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on

RESOLUTION : Observing the 25th Anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda.

Whereas 25 years ago, between April and June 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans, most of them members of the minority Tutsi community along with some politically moderate Hutus, were killed in an organized campaign of genocide;

Whereas up to 2,000,000 people fled Rwanda as refugees, 1,000,000 were internally displaced, and of the survivors, 75,000 were children who lost one or both parents;

Whereas the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda was dramatically scaled back as the genocide occurred, with the United States and other nations failing to stop the killings;

Whereas the genocide forced Rwandans to confront core issues of ethnic and national identity, justice, peace, reconciliation, and security;

Whereas the people and Government of Rwanda have taken steps to foster peace and reconciliation;

Whereas Rwanda’s position on the United Nations Development Program Human Development Index continues to steadily improve, although the nation remains one of the world’s poorest, positioned at 158 out of 189 countries and territories requiring continued development assistance and support; and Whereas the people and Government of the United States support the people of Rwanda in their aspirations for continued economic growth, improved food security, better health outcomes, protection of biodiversity, and fully accountable governance: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) solemnly observes the 25th Anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, which began on April 6,
1994;
(2) recognizes the failure of the international community, including the United States, to provide urgent assistance in preventing and stopping the genocide;
(3) reaffirms that the people of the United States will continue to stand with the people of Rwanda in their ongoing journey towards reconciliation, peace, and open, inclusive, and accountable governance;
(4) reaffirms its commitment to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, done at Paris December 9, 1948;
(5) supports ongoing efforts to educate the peo7 ple of the United States, and around the world, about the genocide in Rwanda, hoping to prevent the commission of          any such future occurrences in Rwan10 da or elsewhere;
(6) commits to continuing efforts to strengthen and support Rwandan, United States, and other international institutions and tribunals working to bring to justice those          responsible for the genocide; and
(7) calls on the United States Government and the international community to seize on the occasion of this anniversary to focus attention on the future of Rwanda,             cooperating to prevent and respond to genocide and crimes against humanity in nations across the globe, and to support the people of Rwanda so that they may—

           (A) be free from future ethnic violence;
           (B) experience full civil and human rights, without fear of violence or intimidation;
           (C) peacefully resolve disputes; and
           (D) benefit from sustained economic  growth and development, which improves the health, prosperity and standard of living of all.