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Grayscale image of a candle that represents the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda



10:00-11:00          Wreath laying and observance of a minute of silence at the Memorial Stele (Place des Nations) to be followed by the remarks by: 

  • H.E. Mr. James Ngango, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations at Geneva

  • Mr. Antonio Hodgers, President of the State Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva 

  • Mr. Francesco Pisano, Director, United Nations Library & Archives Geneva 

  • Memorial song by Mr. Jean Pierre Ntwari Mucumbitsi (JALI)

  • Mr. César Murangira, President of Ibuka Memory and Justice (Swiss Section)

  • Mr. Laurent Selvi, President of CICAD

14:00 – 16:00    International Conference organized by the Permanent Mission of Rwanda, Room XVII, Palais des Nations  

16:00- 17:30    Commemoration Ceremony in Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room (Room XX), Palais des Nations


Introduction by the Master of Ceremonies, Ms. Alessandra Vellucci, Director, United Nations Information Service

Lighting of candles 

Observance of a minute of silence

Memorial Song by Mr. Jean Pierre Ntwari Mucumbitsi (JALI) 

Message of Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, read by Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva, followed by the Director-General’s remarks

Statement by High Commissioner for Human Rights Mr. Volker Türk, read out by Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Nada Al-Nashif 

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Remarks by Mr. César Murangira, President of the Association of Genocide survivors IBUKA, Memory and Justice (Swiss section)

Poetry reading by Ms. Angèle-Marie Habiyakare, Member of the Grand Council of Geneva

Testimony by Ms. Clarisse Naila Petrus, Survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda  

Memorial Song by Mr. Jean Pierre Ntwari Mucumbitsi (JALI)

Remarks by H.E. Mr. James Ngango, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations Office and other international organizations at Geneva

17h30   End of the ceremony and walkthrough of the exhibition organized by the Permanent Mission of Rwanda




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