COMMEMORATION OF THE 20TH OF ANNIVERSARY OF THE RWANDA GENOCIDE

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 10, 2014 – The Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Addis Ababa will jointly organize the Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide. The event will take place at the African Union Nelson Mandela Hall on 11April 2014 from 9:00am to 1:00pm, New Conference Center of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The event will be organized under the theme: “Remember, Unite, and Renew”.

The event is expected to be attended by over 300 participants from the government of Ethiopia, AU Commission, diplomatic community, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, academia, Rwandan Community living in Ethiopia and civil society among others.

It will be marked by the relay of a “flame of remembrance” among youth from the five regions of Africa. The flame symbolizes memory as well as hope and resolves to prevent genocide on the African continent and elsewhere in the world.

The event’s highlight will be a high level panel discussion by eminent personalities whose presentations will focus on: response of the AU to the Rwandan Genocide and lessons learned; better management of diversity; capacity to prevent conflicts as well as post conflict reforms required to manage conflicts. It will also be an occasion to launch the bid for the design of the African Union Human Rights Memorial at the African Union Commission.

The media is invited and welcome to participate and cover this memorable event and to contribute to “Never Again” campaign.

JOURNALISTS ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT

SOURCE: African Union Commission (AUC)

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