30 years since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

  • Joint statement with:
  • Senator the Hon Penny Wong. Minister for Foreign Affairs

Today marks 30 years since the start of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, a period of unspeakable brutality and inhumanity.

In just 100 days, more than one million people, including entire families, were slaughtered simply because of their ethnicity.

We honour those who lost their lives and the resilience of those who carry forward their memories.

Australia acknowledges the deep suffering of the Rwandan people and recognises that Rwanda's story is not defined only by these events.

The country's journey to recovery is a rightful source of pride for the people of Rwanda.

Australia remains unwavering in its support for accountability for serious international crimes committed in Rwanda, including through the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, which carries forward the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

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