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BRUSSELS (9 December 2016) – Marking the second International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Member States to honour those victims by “working even harder against expressions of hatred, intolerance, racism and xenophobia.”

“I am gravely concerned about the rising hostility and prejudice against immigrants and those labelled outsiders. There can be no place for exclusionary or superior views of identity, or for divisive attempts to separate people into ‘us and them,’ stated the UN chief, warning: “We have seen in the tragedies of history where this dark path can lead.”

Read the Secretary-General’s full statement in English. Read the full news story in English.