April 7, 1994, marked the beginning of one of the worst atrocities of our time. Within a few months, the genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda, which the international community failed to prevent, left nearly a million innocent victims dead because they were Tutsis or because they opposed the homicidal madness of the Rwandan regime.
At home and abroad, France joins with the Rwandan people in honoring the memory of the victims and hailing the dignity of the survivors and the Rwandan people’s capacity for reconciliation.
On this solemn day and in this year 2018, in which we will soon qui mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, France reaffirms its commitment to preventing genocides, a key aspect of our work abroad. Efforts to remember and the fight against impunity are both vital to ensuring that such a tragedy does not happen again.