UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil adopts new res­o­lu­tion on fight against geno­cide

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL - By Romoke W. Ah­mad

The United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil un­der the pres­i­dency of Nigeria, unan­i­mously adopted res­o­lu­tion 2150 (2014) on the preven­tion and fight against geno­cide.

The res­o­lu­tion was adopted at a meet­ing on the preven­tion and fight against geno­cide ti­tled ‘Threats to in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity: Preven­tion and fight against Geno­cide.’

Ac­cord­ing to the text of the res­o­lu­tion sent to Daily Trust from New York yes­ter­day, the meet­ing was or­ga­nized to mark the 20th an­niver­sary of the end of the 1994 Geno­cide in Rwanda af­ter which Res­o­lu­tion 2150 (2014) on the sub­ject was adopted by con­sen­sus at the Meet­ing.

The coun­cil called on States to recom­mit to pre­vent and fight against geno­cide and other se­ri­ous crimes un­der in­ter­na­tional law and urged states that had not yet rat­i­fied or ac­ceded to the Con­ven­tion on the Preven­tion and Pun­ish­ment of the Crime of Geno­cide to con­sider do­ing so as a mat­ter of high pri­or­ity.

Speak­ing dur­ing the meet­ing Deputy Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral, Jan Elias­son, de­scribed the geno­cide in Rwanda as one of the “dark­est chap­ters in hu­man his­tory” say­ing the world re­mem­bered with heavy hearts the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s col­lec­tive fail­ure to rec­og­nize and act on the warn­ing signs of geno­cide.

Elias­son said the re­al­ity of the geno­cide could be pre­vented with in­for­ma­tion and mo­bi­liza­tion, as well as courage and po­lit­i­cal will. Adding that “We must do more as a com­mu­nity of na­tions and as global cit­i­zens if we are go­ing to live up to the prom­ise of ‘never again’ and act upon our col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect,” he said.”

Also Eugène-Richard Gasana, from Rwanda stressed the need for his­tor­i­cal clar­ity re­gard­ing the events in Rwanda, say­ing it was the world’s duty to re­mem­ber that the geno­cide had been car­ried out due to sys­temic in­dif­fer­ence. Colin Keat­ing from New Zealand who was the Pres­i­dent of the Coun­cil in 1994 said his coun­try apol­o­gized for the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s fail­ure and asked that New Zealand’s apol­ogy be for­mally in­scribed in the records of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

He warned that if the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity truly wanted preven­tion to work, there must be po­lit­i­cal, op­er­a­tional and fi­nan­cial mech­a­nisms for the Coun­cil and the wider United Na­tions sys­tem to achieve bet­ter out­comes. Nigeria Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and Pres­i­dent of the Coun­cil for the month of April, Amb. Joy Ogwu, un­der­lined the im­por­tance of ad­her­ence to the prin­ci­ple of early warn­ing mech­a­nism and the need for timely and de­ci­sive re­sponse.

Am­bas­sador Joy Ogwu, Nigeria Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to UN and Pres­i­dent of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil for April 2014

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