Date: April 7
Organized By: UN
Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance
Suggested For: Civil Services Exam, Bank Exams, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams
Every Year April 7 is observed as Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide (also known as International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda). The observance was conducted to remember the victims of Genocide in Rwanda which started on April 7, 1994.
United nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on 23 December 2003 designating April 7 as the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda.
Genocide in Rwanda took place during the Rwandan Civil War which lasted for approximately three months. An estimated 5 to 10 lakh people were killed in this genocide.
Actions and Programs
Events were conducted in some areas of the world to remember the Genocide in Rwanda started on April 7, 1994.
On this day UN member states are invited to join in one minute of silence in memory of the victims. There are other programs like candle lighting, one minute silence observance, testimony sharing of Rwanda Genocide victims, poetry presentations, arts presentations and exhibitions, etc.
The program conducted on this day aims to prevent similar acts in the future, raising awareness about the genocide and lasting impact of genocide on the survivors and the challenges that they still face today.