Decision 1 (45) on Rwanda : Rwanda. 03/08/94.
Convention Abbreviation: CERD
Decisions adopted by the Committee at its forty-fourth and forty-fifth sessions
Decision 1 (45). The human rights situation in Rwanda
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,
Deeply concerned and gravely alarmed by the tragic loss of life of genocidal dimensions in Rwanda, a contracting party to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,
Profoundly regretting that the international community was so unforgivably late in its effort to prevent the human tragedy and genocide occurring in Rwanda,
Noting, however, with appreciation the current efforts of the United Nations system and others to provide humanitarian relief and prevent further loss of life,
Recalling its general recommendation XVIII (44) on the establishment of an international tribunal to prosecute crimes against humanity,
1. Calls upon the United Nations to take all measures required to ensure that adequate humanitarian assistance effectively and urgently reaches the Rwandese population;
2. Urges the rapid deployment of United Nations forces without further delay in order to ensure the protection of the life and human rights of all persons regardless of ethnic or religious background, including the right of all refugees and displaced persons to return to their homes under conditions of safety;
3. Expresses its readiness to cooperate, within the domain of its competence, in the coordinated effort of the United Nations and regional organizations for peace-building and State reconstruction so that gross and massive manifestations of racial discrimination and ethnic conflict will not recur.
3 August 1994