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15th Commemoration of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide


Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 7, 2009

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We pause today to remember and pay our respects to the more than 800,000 victims who died in the 100 days of carnage in 1994. On this solemn occasion, we recall this event as one of the most tragic chapters in recent history.

Rwandans from all walks of life have worked heroically over the past 15 years to repair their lives and move forward. We are inspired by their example and offer our support in their extraordinary political, economic, and social rebuilding.

Today, as we memorialize the victims of the genocide, we commit ourselves through our diplomacy, our development, and our private and public efforts to protect the human rights and dignity of all.

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PRN: 2009/297

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