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International Day of Reflection On the Genocide in Rwanda – 7th April

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International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda took place on the 7th April 2015. In Rwanda, 21 years ago, in 1994, a Genocide took place, in which 80,000 defenseless men, women and children died. Genocide is a systematic destruction of all or a significant part of a racial, ethnic, religious or national group.

In remembrance of the Rwanda Genocide, the United Nations adopted a resolution that, April 7th, the start date of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, will be declared as the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda.

This resolution took place at the United Nations General Assembly on 23rd December 2003. Every Year, on this day, there are commemorative events that are conducted at the head office in New York and at various United Nations offices around the world. This is done not only in remembrance of the incident of the Rwanda Genocide, but also to prevent any future Genocide incidents. All the member states of the United Nations took part in one minute of silence in memory of the victims.