Highlighting increased atrocity crimes – genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity – in many parts of the world, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for concrete action to protect the vulnerable and to reverse such negative trends.
In a major new report, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to Member States and Host Governments to support all measures of safety and security measures to improve the operational environment for UN personnel and humanitarian workers.
The Security Council today once again called on parties to conflict to take steps to protect civilians affected by hostilities, demanding that they put an end to practices such as sexual violence, forced recruitment and other violations of international humanitarian law.
Millions of civilians worldwide are still victims of armed conflicts – losing their lives, being forced to flee their homes and becoming victims of physical and sexual violence – despite recent progress in some countries, the top United Nations humanitarian official told the Security Council today.
Condemning all attacks and acts of violence directed against civilians, the United Nations Security Council today called on warring parties to comply with the UN Charter and other international legal instruments as it stressed the importance of protecting unarmed combatants during conflict situations.
Delegates from the 61 governments which make up the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Executive Committee today endorsed a strategic framework that deals with many of the most controversial issues in the current global asylum debate.
The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern about the possible adverse fallout for refugees and asylum seekers in the aftermath of the 11 September terrorist attacks against the United States.