Petition to the United Nations to establish a trust fund for Rwandan Genocide Survivors

We, the undersigned, call on our Government as a member state of the United Nations General Assembly to meaningfully honour Resolution 68/129 (Assistance to Survivors of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda) which calls for “assistance in the areas of education for orphans, medical care and treatment for victims of sexual violence, including HIV-positive victims, trauma and psychological counselling, and skills training and microcredit programmes aimed at promoting self-sufficiency and alleviating poverty.”

2014 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

We believe there is a unique opportunity to provide the critical assistance still required by vulnerable survivors through funding from agencies, funds and programmes of the United Nations, or through voluntary contributions from Governments and the international community. Amongst the vehicles to deliver such support can be a dedicated International Trust Fund for Survivors of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda, or a National Genocide Survivor’s Fund.

This is a once-in-a-generation moment. The international community largely ignored the plight of survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda twenty years ago. This is a unique opportunity to address the ongoing needs of survivors today, before it is too late again. Your signature in support of this call will be a vital contribution.

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