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Roméo Dallaire

Lieutenant-General The Honourable

Roméo A. Dallaire, Senator


Lewis and Clark College, Graduation, Commencement Ceremony, Romeo Dillaire speaker,  Portland, Oregon, 05-18-2013


The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, Senator, has had a distinguished career in the Canadian military, achieving the rank of Lieutenant-General and becoming Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources) in the Department of National Defence in 1998. In 1994, General Dallaire commanded the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR).

His book on his experiences in Rwanda, entitled Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, was awarded the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction in 2004.

His book They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers, was published in 2011.

As a champion of human rights his activities include:

  • Advocacy for the Canadian Forces mission to Afghanistan;
  • Speaking engagements on issues relating to human rights and genocide prevention;
  • A Senior Fellowship at Concordia University’s Montreal Institute of Genocide Studies;
  • Membership in the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention;
  • Leadership in a project to develop a conceptual base for the elimination of the use of child soldiers;
  • Leadership in activities aimed at the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

From official biography:

General Dallaire’s message is powerful in its simplicity and challenging in its scope.

Never again!