Danon: We must prevent future genocides

Israel’s UN Ambassador speaks at UN as it marks the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide.

Nitsan Keidar,

Ambassador Danny Danon
Ambassador Danny Danon
Reuters

Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon, who is serving this month as chair of the Western Countries Group (WEOG), gave a speech on Wednesday during the historic UN debate for the first-ever International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of This Crime.

In September 2015, the UN General Assembly marked December 9th as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, in honor of the day the UN adopted the convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide.

“We must be ever vigilant to prevent atrocities in the future. We must not allow ourselves to be paralyzed by political considerations,” Danon said in his speech on Wednesday.

“This year marks seventy years since the Holocaust, the attempted systematic destruction of the Jewish people in Europe”, he continued. “In the decades following the adoption of this landmark convention, the world thought that the crime of genocide belonged to the darker eras of our past…In the grip of this misplaced optimism and false confidence, the United Nations failed to heed the warning signs of potential atrocities.”

Ambassador Danon referred to the Rwanda Genocide in 1994, where as many as 800,000 men, women, and children were murdered, as well as referring to the massacre in Srebrenica, where 8,000 of the area’s Bosnian population were massacred, despite the promise of UN protection.

Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN is serving as this month’s chair of the Western Countries Group (WEOG). WEOG is one of the 5 regional groups at the UN, and it includes Western European countries, the United States, Canada, Australia, Turkey, New Zealand and Israel.

The role of the group’s chair is to coordinate activities such as nominations and to solve disagreements between its members. Israel was accepted to the WEOG in 2013




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