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Genocide prevention, is it possible?

International conferention genocide prevention

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda (1994) and in view of the upcoming commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide (1995), Belgian Foreign Affairs has taken the initiative to hold an international conference on the prevention of genocide. The conference was held on 31 March and 1 April in the Egmont Palace in Brussels.

Since the end of the Second World War, the international community has been concerned with the need to prevent genocide and to punish those responsible. On 9 December last year, we celebrated the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the “Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide” (1948). The purpose of the International Conference on the Prevention of Genocide was therefore to bring together actors and national, regional and international experts in order to develop effective and practical policy tools for the prevention of genocide. These should constitute the foundation for the participating Member States and for regional and global organizations to develop mechanisms that allow intervention when the first signs of the risk of mass atrocities appear. The ultimate objective was the respect for human rights and the establishment of an fair and lasting peace.

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