This is the News in Brief from the United Nations.
UN chief condemns attacks in the United States
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned what he described as a “terrorist attack” in El Paso, Texas, in the United States on Saturday.
In statement released on Monday, Mr. Guterres also expressed “shock and outrage over the mass shooting” only hours later in Dayton, Ohio.
Thirty-one people were reported to have died in the two attacks.
Mr. Guterres reiterated his solidarity with the peoples and governments of the United States and Mexico, from where a number of those killed and injured in the El Paso attack hailed.
And he stressed the “need for all to work together to counter violence rooted in hatred, racism, xenophobia and all forms of discrimination.”
Here’s the UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.
“The Secretary-General’s position on the issue of hate crime is always been very clear, and not long ago, he said and I quote: We need to treat hate speech as we treat every malicious act: by condemning it, refusing to amplify it, countering it with the truth, and encouraging the perpetrators to change their behaviour.”
Myanmar companies bankroll ‘brutal operations’ of military, independent UN experts claim in new report
Money earned by the Myanmar military from international and domestic business deals, “substantially enhances its ability to carry out gross violations of human rights with impunity” according to a UN report released by independent experts on Monday.
The report by the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar focuses on military-business ties in the South East Asian country.
In a statement, the Mission called on the international community to impose targeted sanctions and arms embargoes on the Myanmar military.
The Mission members said they had been able to establish for the first time, the degree to which the country’s military uses its own businesses, foreign companies and arms deals to support “brutal operations” against ethnic groups.
They said those operations constitute “serious crimes under international law,” bypassing civilian oversight and evading accountability.
Established in 2017 by the UN Human Rights Council, the Mission is mandated to look into recent human rights violations by military and security forces.
‘Repeated indiscriminate’ shelling of Libyan airport sparks concern of UN envoy
And finally, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salame, has condemned, what he has described as the “repeated indiscriminate” shelling of Mitiga airport, the only functioning airport in the country’s capital Tripoli.
Mitiga is crucial for the delivery of humanitarian assistance in and around the city.
He said the attacks have continued unabated since the start of the Libyan National Army offensive against Tripoli on 4 April despite calls by the United Nations for them to stop.
He added that “the repeated strikes against Mitiga airport are one element of the increasing violence affecting the civilian population.”
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.