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Central African Republic's Foreign Minister Toussaint Kongo Doudou speaks to members of the United Nations Security Council after voting on a resolution approving UN peacekeepers for the Central African Republic at UN headquarters in New York April 10. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon writes: 'Global leaders should do more to prevent the preventable, and to counter the cruelty taking place before our eyes.' (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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The genocide in Rwanda was an emblematic failure of the international community. The world has since made important strides in acting on those lessons, but this work still faces setbacks. The international community cannot claim to care about atrocity crimes and then shrink from the commitment required to prevent them ­­– whether in the Central African Republic or Syria.

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