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20 Years After the Rwandan Genocide: Have We Learned Our Lesson?

May 1, 2014 - 5:30pm

Washington, D.C. – As the United States grapples with its role in preventing mass atrocities around the world including the current crisis in Syria, Human Rights First invites you to a panel discussion on Thursday, May 1 hosted by the McCain Institute which will examine lessons learned from the Rwandan genocide. The panel will  feature Human Rights First’s President and CEO Elisa Massimino; Mike Abramowitz, director of the National Institute for Holocaust Educations; Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, resident senior fellow at Atlantic Council; and Clemantine Wamariya, a human rights activist and survivor of the Rwandan genocide.

Twenty years ago, over 800,000 people were killed in the Rwandan genocide. In the past two decades, many have pointed to the international community’s inaction as a leading cause in the slaughter. President Bill Clinton has cited the genocide as his greatest regret from his tenure in office, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power has said the genocide was a “devastating reminder that nightmares seemingly beyond imagination can in fact take place.” This panel will examine the United States’ failure to act as a contributing factor in the widespread loss of life and will serve as an opportunity to discuss the international community’s capability, and will, to stop mass atrocities today.


WHAT: Panel: 20 Years After the Rwandan Genocide: Have We Learned Our Lesson?


  • Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First
  • Mike Abramowitz, Director of National Institute for Holocaust Education
  • Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, Resident Senior Fellow at Atlantic Council
  • Clemantine Wamariya, Human Rights Advocate and survivor of Rwanda genocide

WHEN:  Thursday, May 1, 2014 
Doors Open: 5:00 p.m., Panel Begins: 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Council on Foreign Relations
1777 F Street NW,  Second Floor, Washington, DC 20006

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.