UN chief for protecting civilians caught in warNovember 10th, 2011 - 9:39 am ICT by IANS
United Nations, Nov 10 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for stronger global accountability and more “fundamental responsibility” in efforts to protect civilians caught in war.
Ban’s statement came at a meeting of the UN Security Council on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, Xinhua reported.
“All of us share a fundamental responsibility to do more to protect civilians caught up in the horrors of war. In conflicts throughout the world, women, girls, boys and men continue to be subjected to blatant and frequent violation of international human rights and humanitarian law,” Ban was quoted as saying.
With civilians suffering more frequently because they are deliberately targeted, Ban called for enhanced measures by the Security Council and steps that parties to a conflict “should and must take”.
“First, we need to see enhanced compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law. Violations must be met with appropriate action from the Council, including strong condemnation where clearly warranted,” he said.
Demands for compliance should be backed by the threat of sanctions and intense scrutiny, he said, citing examples through commissions of inquiry or referrals to the International Criminal Court.
“Additionally, peacekeeping missions and other partners must continue to strengthen national institutions so that they are able to discharge their primary responsibility for enhancing security and the rule of law by the time the mission leaves,” he said.
- Force not the only way of protecting civilians in conflicts: India (Lead) - Nov 10, 2011
- UN peacekeeper killed in armed attack at IDP camp in South Darfur - Aug 13, 2012
- UN voices outrage at deadly attack on civilians in Cote d'Ivoire's market - Mar 22, 2011
- Excerpts from UN Syrian resolution - Feb 05, 2012
- UN to withdraw peacekeeping force from Sudan - Jul 12, 2011
- UN Security Council imposes sanctions, refers Libya to the International Criminal Court - Feb 27, 2011
- UN to help rebel-led NTC build Libya's future: Ban - Sep 02, 2011
- UN: attacks against civilians in Misrata, Libya may be international crimes - Apr 20, 2011
- Eight civilians killed in Sudan's weekend bombings of South Sudan - Apr 18, 2012
- UN security council to meet on Libya - Feb 26, 2011
- Amnesty finds evidence of state-sponsored abuse in Syria - Jun 15, 2012
- UN peacekeeping official says there is hope for Darfur - Feb 12, 2010
- Over 2,700 civilians killed in Afghanistan in 2010: UN - Mar 09, 2011
- UN Security Council calls for 'urgent action' for peaceful, credible referenda in Sudan - Nov 17, 2010
- UN to review peacekeeping, India presses for more funds - Aug 16, 2011
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,