|TEHRAN, 9 December 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the 70 Anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and the Interntional Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, 9 December 2018, called on all states to translate the Convention’s words into action to prevent massive human suffering and advance accountability.
The full text of his message reads:
In the aftermath of the Holocaust and Second World War, the world came together and adopted a convention to prevent genocide and punish those who commit this heinous crime.
Seventy years later, the prevention of genocide remains a cardinal task for our time.
That is why I launched an appeal for every country to ratify the Genocide Convention.
I urge the 45 remaining States to do so without delay.
And I call on all states to translate the Convention’s words into action to prevent massive human suffering and advance accountability.
At a time of rising anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim bigotry and other forms of hatred, racism and xenophobia, let us reaffirm our commitment to upholding the equality and dignity of all.