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UNSC adopts resolution condemning attacks against medical facilities

Thursday، 05 May 2016 - 04:41 PM

Strongly condemning attacks on medical personnel in conflict situations, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution demanding an end to impunity for those responsible and respect for international law on the part of all warring parties.

The Council demanded that all parties to armed conflict comply fully with their obligations under international law, including international human rights law, as applicable, and international humanitarian law, in particular their obligations under the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977 and 2005.  It demanded also that all parties to armed conflict facilitate safe and unimpeded passage for medical and humanitarian personnel.

Council President for May Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta said that there had been widespread support for the resolution. Attacks against medical workers and facilities created hatred in society and undermined the possibility of peaceful settlement.

International humanitarian law, particularly the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, called for full respect for and protection of health personnel and institutions, he said, adding that the Council, for its part, must send a strong political message that such violations could not occur.

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