This week the UN commemorates the horrific Rwandan Genocide. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message is clear: “Collectively, we must go beyond words and effectively safeguard people at risk.” Furthermore, he took the opportunity to commend the “all too few” who defended their fellow humans. Which begs the question, who is defending the Syrian people?
With Syria a hot topic at the Spokesman for the Secretary General’s noon briefing almost every day, and tens of statements made condemning what is happening in Syria – the crisis persists, the death toll rises and more and more civilians are dragged into the conflict. So why does the UN Security Council remain paralyzed? And why does Syria continue to enjoy privileged positions on UN bodies?