Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Ban cites Syria at Rwanda genocide memorial

28 February 2014, 22:28

New York – The UN chief Ban Ki-moon drew a parallel on Thursday between Syria's civil war and the Rwandan genocide, describing both conflicts as gross failures of the international community to stop deadly wrongdoing.

Marking the 20th anniversary of mass killings in the African state, Ban said the United Nations had learned lessons in trying to prevent such a human tragedy, though he hinted that such an event could again be occurring.

"The Rwandan genocide was an epic failure of the international community to take action in the face of atrocity crimes," said the UN secretary general.

"We know more keenly than ever that genocide is not a single event, but a process that evolves over time."

Noting that with "courage and political will, genocide can be prevented," Ban, however, said that the killings in Syria continue. The death toll is currently estimated at more than 140 000, with no sign of ending.

An estimated 800 000 people, the overwhelming majority of them ethnic Tutsis, were killed in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

"Our collective failure to prevent atrocities in Syria over the past three years is a shameful indictment of the international community," said Ban, also mentioning rising hatred against migrants, Muslims and the Roma community in Europe.

The UN Security Council has been sharply divided over the Syrian conflict, but on Saturday it unanimously adopted a resolution calling for humanitarian aid convoys to be allowed access across the war-torn country.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Types of men that are a waste of ...

Most women end up heartbroken because they were trying to convince the wrong man to be in a relationship/ marriage. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Cheating is hardwork!

Cheating, although enjoyable by the person doing it initially, it gets to a point they start realizing that it was never even worth it. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Dating that one person that socie...

Works at a massage parlour. Works at Millionaires Club (that one on Baricho road) - you know the ones I am talking about. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
What do men mean when they say th...

As much as men think they are the ones confused by relationships, they have a better idea of it than most women actually do. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM rebels sweat in Kisii as Oran...

ODM rebels are sweating in Kisii after the Orange Party won by elections despite concerted efforts by the ruling Jubilee Party to win the elections. Read more...