UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Twenty years after the beginning of the genocide in Rwanda, the horror has not diminished. As a former judge for over eight years on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), I am still haunted by the testimony I heard from victims and witnesses, of the brutal violence, the killings, rapes and maiming.

The figures are so vast that they are difficult to fathom. More than 800,000 dead and many more injured, scarred, orphaned, widowed and severely traumatised. We must remember, on this day, that each of those individuals experienced unthinkable atrocities – the mothers who saw their children being butchered by their neighbours, the children forced to hide under cover of dead bodies in order to survive.

On this anniversary, we must reflect not only on the massive scale of the killings and other atrocities during those 100 days of genocide, but also on what led to the annihilation of social values, and law and order, which allowed genocide to occur.

As well as examining why the horrific violations took place, we must continue to reflect on our collective failure to stop them. At the ICTR, we made a point of ensuring that our judgements laid out the root causes of the genocide, which were grounded in the manipulation and exploitation of ethnic differences by political and military leaders. It is crucial on this day to reflect on how the ethnic tensions were slowly and steadily stoked by such leaders, as well as media such as Radio Mille Collines, until the country exploded into mass violence.

The ICTR’s judgements also acknowledged many instances when Hutus risked their lives to protect Tutsis from the tide of genocide sweeping across the country. And the question remains, why do some people manage to resist the collective frenzy, and why do so many others fail to do so, or zealously take an active role in it? It is not simply a question of bravery.

We must ensure that we persist with efforts to bring perpetrators to justice, both within Rwanda and outside. Impunity adds insult to the grave injury, physical and emotional, suffered by the victims. It is important to note that shortly after the genocide, the new Government of Rwanda itself prioritised justice and accountability, not least by asking the Security Council to establish an international tribunal. They recognised that justice and accountability are indispensable for long-term stability.

We must support Rwandan efforts to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights for all, and efforts to move towards reconciliation and rehabilitation.

We must also reflect, on this day, upon the adequacy of our efforts to resolve current human rights crises, both in their embryonic and their advanced stages, so that we are not doomed to go on repeating the chronic failures of the past.

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Statement at the End of an IMF Staff Visit to The Gambia

BANJUL, Gambia, April 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Bhaswar Mukhopadhyay, visited Banjul during March 25 – April 4, 2014. The mission assessed the authorities’ progress in implementing policies during the first quarter of 2014 to bring their reform program back on track. The program is supported by an Extended Credit Facility arrangement with the IMF, and had gone off-track mainly because spending significantly exceeded agreed targets following completion of the first review in May 2013.

The mission met with Vice-President Njie Saidy, Secretary General Sabally, Finance Minister Touray, Central Bank Governor Colley, other senior officials, members of parliament, senior officials in public enterprises, the banking sector, and development partners.

At the end of the mission, Mr. Mukhopadhyay issued the following statement:

“Real GDP is estimated to have grown by 6

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Statement by the President on the 20th Commemoration of the Genocide in Rwanda

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — We join with the people of Rwanda in marking twenty years since the beginning of the genocide that took the lives of so many innocents and which shook the conscience of the world. We honor the memory of the more than 800,000 men, women and children who were senselessly slaughtered simply because of who they were or what they believed. We stand in awe of their families, who have summoned the courage to carry on, and the survivors, who have worked through their wounds to rebuild their lives. And we salute the determination of the Rwandans who have made important progress toward healing old wounds, unleashing the economic growth that lifts people from poverty, and contributing to peacekeeping missions around the world to spare others the pain they have known.

At this moment of reflection, we also remember that the Rwandan genocide was neither an accident nor unavoidable. It was a deliberate and systematic effort by human beings to destroy other human beings. The horrific events of those 100 days—when friend turned against friend, and neighbor against neighbor—compel us to resist our worst instincts, just as the courage of those who risked their lives to save others reminds us of our obligations to our fellow man. The genocide we remember today—and the world’s failure to respond more quickly—reminds us that we always have a choice. In the face of hatred, we must remember the humanity we share. In the face of cruelty, we must choose compassion. In the face of intolerance and suffering, we must never be indifferent. Embracing this spirit, as nations and as individuals, is how we can honor all those who were lost two decades ago and build a future worthy of their lives.

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Sidel Supports Africa’s Rapidly Growing Beverage Markets

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, April 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In line with its commitment to Africa’s rapidly growing markets, Sidel (http://www.sidel.com), a global provider of liquid packaging solutions, will participate in Juice Africa 2014 (http://www.juiceafrica.agraevents.com), the continent’s only gathering dedicated solely to Africa’s juice segment. The event, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa from April 8-10, will bring together all stakeholders from across Africa and the globe to analyse what is driving juice consumption around the continent.

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“With a population of over 1 billion, Africa represents a huge opportunity for Sidel to enhance and expand its presence in one of the fastest growing markets for our business globally,“ said Terence Hobson, Managing Director, Sidel Packaging Systems, South Africa. “With its promising economic outlook, agressive infrastructure development, population growth and stable political situation, Africa is one of the best places in the world for us to present our innovative solutions which address evolving market needs.“

Hobson, a speaker at the conference, will discuss the potential for African consumers to benefit from innovative packaging solutions in the juice drinks market. Africa is witnessing an emergence of ‘middle-class‘ consumers, with greater expendable income, heightening the demand for more sophisticated products. As a result, many well-known brands are becoming more readily available throughout the continent.

“Africa is presently growing at much faster economic rates than many of the well-established developed countries, offering potential for significant growth in the liquid packaging market. We recognise these trends and aim to engage our experience, global expertise and strong market position, to enable active knowledge transfer and introduce the most innovative solutions for the various stakeholders connected with this line of business,“ Hobson added.

Africa is one of the largest growing zones in the world for Sidel’s business. According to Euromonitor statistics, 64 billion units were sold last year in the Greater Middle East and Africa Zone, among which 19 billion (around 30%) were in PET material. Fruit and Vegetable Juice market is growing in South Africa by over 3%. By the year 2017, this market is forecast to reach 538 million litres.

In recognition of the growing significance of the Middle East and Africa regions, Sidel recently invested in significant structural changes to establish the Greater Middle East and Africa Zone. With its headquarters in Dubai UAE, and an existing branch office in Johannesburg, the GMEA Zone headquarters are now home to over 90 employees including Sales, Customer Service Managers, Project Managers, Layout Designers, Fields Assistants, Planners, Coordination and Site Managers.

Sidel has production sites in 13 countries and 30,000 machines installed in more than 190 countries across the world, making it one of the largest worldwide. With over 5,500 employees worldwide, the company provides optimal PET packaging solutions for water, soft drinks, milk, sensitive products (Juice and Nectars), edible oils and alcoholic beverages including beer. It offers customers flexible and reliable production systems that are easily adaptable to market developments and future technology, supported by value-added services.

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Headquartered in Switzerland, we have production sites in 13 countries and 30,000 machines installed in more than 190 nations worldwide. With over 5,500 employees worldwide, we provide optimal PET packaging solutions for water, soft drinks, milk, sensitive products, edible oils and alcoholic beverages including beer.

We aim to create value for our customers by giving them A Better Match. This is the tailored solution that caters for their needs exactly. We do this by offering flexible and reliable production systems that are easily adaptable to market developments and future technology, supported by value-added services.

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Novartis and Malaria No More provide two million antimalarial treatments to children in Zambia

BASEL, Switzerland, April 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ —

• One million antimalarial treatments donated by Novartis, matching one million treatments funded through Malaria No More’s Power of One campaign

• Power of One enables the public to fund malaria tests and treatments for children in Africa through online and mobile technology

• Today marks World Health Day, focusing on vector-borne diseases, of which malaria is the most deadly (1)

Novartis (NVS) (http://www.novartis.com) announced today that two million treatments of its pediatric antimalarial are arriving in Zambia thanks to the ongoing efforts of the company in collaboration with Malaria No More’s Power of One campaign. Zambia is the first beneficiary country of this campaign sponsored by Novartis. One million treatments of Coartem

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