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Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide

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The UN’s Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide is observed on April 7 each year.

Local names

NameLanguage
Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideEnglish
Día Internacional de Reflexión sobre el Genocidio cometido en RwandaSpanish
יום הזיכרון של קורבנות רצח העם ברואנדהHebrew
اليوم لإحياء ذكرى ضحايا الإبادة الجماعية في روانداArabic
르완다 대량 학살의 희생자 기억의 날Korean
Gedenktag für den Genozid in RuandaGerman

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
List of dates for other years

The United Nations (UN) has named April 7 as the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide. This day commemorates the deaths of 800,000 people who were murdered during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, central Africa.

A church building at Nyamata, Rwanda, where thousands of people were murdered. It now serves as a memorial.

©iStockphoto.com/grauy

What do people do

Many people around the world hold memorial ceremonies that include candle-lighting and a minute of silence to honor the victims of the Rwanda genocide. This UN day is also a time for diplomats and key community figures to talk with communities about the atrocities of genocide and the importance of working towards a peaceful way of life. Student conferences, exhibitions, and other commemorative activities are also held.

Public life

The Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide is an official UN observance and not a public holiday.

Background

In 1994, in the space of three months, about 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in Rwanda in what came to be known as the Rwanda genocide.  In 1995, the UN called for an outreach program entitled “The Rwanda Genocide and the United Nations” and “to take measures to mobilize civil society for Rwanda genocide victim remembrance and education” to help prevent future acts of genocide. The Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide has been observed each year since 2004, 10 years after the genocide took place.

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
WedApr 72004Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
ThuApr 72005Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
FriApr 72006Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
SatApr 72007Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
MonApr 72008Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
TueApr 72009Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
WedApr 72010Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
ThuApr 72011Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
SatApr 72012Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
SunApr 72013Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
MonApr 72014Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
TueApr 72015Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
ThuApr 72016Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
FriApr 72017Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
SatApr 72018Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
SunApr 72019Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
TueApr 72020Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda GenocideUnited Nations observance 
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