Zimbabwe Marks 20th Commemoration of Victims of Rwanda Genocide

12 June 2014, Harare –We should never ever be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation” acting UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Reza Hossaini has said. He said this at the 20th remembrance of the Rwanda Genocide addressing over 70 participants representing Government, UN, Diplomatic Corps and Civil Society Organisations. 

At the event, held under the global theme “remember, unite, renew”, participants observed a moment of silence and held a candle vigil in remembrance of the victims of the Rwanda genocide.IMG_5244_1_0.JPG

The acting Resident Coordinator said, “As UN family, each one of us has the responsibility to promote the ideals of universal rights and a life with dignity for all. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence cannot be justified and has no merit when done at the expense of human life.”

Highlighting the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon’s global message for the day, the Acting Resident Coordinator said, “This day is a day where we also celebrate the achievement of Rwanda in how far the people have come to advance their nation”. Out of the ashes of the genocide, over the past 20 years Rwanda has continued to build a bright future. This achievement needs to be sustained in an inclusive manner where all Rwandans from all walks of life get the opportunity to contribute and participate in their nation building. 

Mr. Jean Baptiste Havugimna, representative of the Rwanda Diaspora Community in Zimbabwe said, “We stand against genocide in all its forms and as Rwandans, we are honoured to share our experience to create a better future for all.”

UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, in his global message for the day notes, “We will always remember the more than 800,000 innocent people so brutally murdered – as we pay tribute to the bravery and resilience of the survivors. And we pay tribute to their determination to renew their country and pave the way to a secure and prosperous future.”

Read the statement by the Acting UN Resident Coordinator