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16 July 2015

UNSC fails to pass resolution condemning as genocide the crimes committed at Srebrenica in 1995

On 8 July 2015, the Security Council failed to pass a resolution – with 10 votes in favour, four abstentions (Angola, China, Nigeria and Venezuela) and the Russian Federation voting against – strongly condemning as genocide the crimes committed at Srebrenica, as established by judgments of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice and all other proven war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the course of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The draft resolution  would have further agreed that ‘acceptance of the tragic events at Srebrenica as genocide is a prerequisite for reconciliation’. (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | UN officials recall 'horror' of Srebrenica as Security Council fails to adopt measure condemning massacre
Source: UN News Centre | At Srebrenica memorial, UN Deputy Secretary-General urges action against future atrocities

10 July 2015

New intelligence on role of high government officials of UK, France and US concerning the fall of Srebrenica

New research of intelligence documents suggests that high government officials of the United Kingdom, France and the United States of America allowed Mladic and his army to proceed to the safe area of Srebrenica in 1995, while being aware of the risk of humanitarian disaster. (more…)

Source: The Guardian | Revealed: the role of the west in the runup to Srebrenica’s fall
Source: The Guardian | How Britain and the US decided to abandon Srebrenica to its fate
Source: Le sang de la realpolitik - L'affaire Srebrenica | Florence Hartmann | nouveauté E-pub disponible le 7 juillet 2015

26 September 2014

Amir of Qatar: UNSC must ‘shoulder its legal and humanitarian responsibility and support the Syrian people’

‘It is imperative for the international community to work hard to put an end to the bloodshed and the systematic destruction of Syria by a regime that has put its people between a rock and a hard place to choose between accepting its presence at the helm or burning down their country’, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of Qatar, told the UNGA. The Qatari leader reiterated his call on the Security Council to ‘shoulder its legal and humanitarian responsibility and support the Syrian people’ against terrorism and genocide. (more…)

Source: UN News | Mid-east, Gulf leaders strive for international response to terrorism in Syria

15 August 2014

UN declares Iraq ‘Level 3 Emergency’, states urged to do more to help Iraqi civilians

The UN has designated its highest level emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, citing the scale and complexity of the situation, which is impacting tens of thousands of people that have been forcefully displaced by the armed group, Islamic State (IS). The ‘Level 3 Emergency’ designation will ‘facilitate mobilization of additional resources in goods, funds and assets to ensure a more effective response to the humanitarian needs of populations affected by forced displacements’. UN officials are particularly concerned about the situation on Sinjar Mountain, where are at least several thousand people remain trapped and the health conditions are quickly deteriorating. (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | UN declares Iraq ‘Level 3 Emergency’ to trigger more resources, speed up aid delivery
Source: UN News Centre | Amid spread of ‘hatred and brutality,’ Ban urges countries to do more to help Iraqi civilians

21 April 2014

Former Security Council President apologises for collective failure to prevent Rwandan genocide; states called on to meet responsibility to prevent atrocities

On 16 April, the United Nations Security Council marked the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda and adopted a resolution that calls on the international community to recommit to prevent and combat such grave crimes. During the special meeting UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, emphasised that present-day conflicts reveal that the protection of peoples suffering from atrocities is still ‘lagging and elusive.’ Eliasson called on all states to meet their responsibility to prevent genocide and other severe crimes, to protect and promote human rights, and to reinforce diversity and civil society. (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | Rwandan genocide: Security Council told failure of political will led to ‘cascade of human tragedy’

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