March 27, 2019

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


WASHINGTON – 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 can be found here.


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