United Nations Security Council Resolution 935

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UN Security Council
Resolution 935
Belgian Soldier Memorial.jpg
Memorial to 10 Belgian soldiers killed in Kigali
Date1 July 1994
Meeting no.3,400
CodeS/RES/935 (Document)
SubjectRwanda
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
ResultAdopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council resolution 935, adopted unanimously on 1 July 1994, after recalling all resolutions on Rwanda, particularly 918 (1994) and 925 (1994), the Council requested the Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali to establish a Commission of Experts to investigate violations of international humanitarian law during the Rwandan genocide.[1]

The Council stressed the need for the early deployment of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda so that it could fulfill its mandate. Statements by the President of the Security Council and Secretary-General concerning violations of international humanitarian law in Rwanda were recalled, with the Council noting that only a full investigation could establish the facts of what occurred and therefore determine responsibility. A visit by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the appointment of a Special Rapporteur for Rwanda was welcomed.

Concern was expressed at the continuing reports of systematic killings in Rwanda, including reports of genocide, and noting those responsible for the acts committed should be brought to justice.[2] In this regard, the Council requested that the Secretary-General establish an impartial Commission of Experts to investigate reports of violations of international humanitarian law and report to the Secretary-General. All states and international organisations were urged to collect information in a similar manner to the Commission of Experts and additionally on breaches of the Genocide Convention, making the information gathered available within 30 days of the adoption of the present resolution.

The Secretary-General was requested to report to the Council on the establishment of the Commission of Experts and to report on its findings within four months. The Secretary-General was also required, along with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, to make information submitted to the Special Rapporteur for Rwanda available to the Commission. All concerned were urged to co-operate with the Commission in order for it to accomplish its mandate.

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  1. ^ Katayanagi, Mari (2002). Human rights functions of United Nations peacekeeping operations. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 151. ISBN 978-90-411-1910-0.
  2. ^ McCormack, Timothy L. H.; Simpson, Gerry J. (1997). The law of war crimes: national and international approaches. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 196. ISBN 978-90-411-0273-7.

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