On the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, called on the countries that have not yet signed it to do so "without delay". "
Guterres affirmed that seventy years later, "the prevention of genocide is a fundamental task of our time" so he called on each country to ratify the Convention.
"I urge the 45 States (of the 193 that make up the UN) that have not yet done so without delay," the secretary general said in a press release.
He also called on all States "to translate the words of the Convention into action" to prevent the massive suffering of human beings.
"In times of increased anti-Semitism, intolerance against Muslims and other forms of hate, racism and xenophobia, let us reaffirm our commitment to maintain equality and dignity for all," said Guterres.
The Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted and opened for signature and ratification, or adhesion, by the UN General Assembly on December 9, 1948.
It became the first human rights treaty approved by the General Assembly, followed the next day by the adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights.