UN urged not to weaken measure to protect civilians

[JURIST] UN Under-Secretary-General Jan Egeland [official profile], the UN humanitarian relief coordinator, told the UN Security Council [official website] Friday not to weaken a proposed resolution on protecting civilians in war zones, reminding delegations of the 26 million people forced from their homes due to violence in Northern Uganda, Sudan, and the Ivory Coast. The resolution could be the first application of the responsibility to protect [backgrounder], the most radical concept approved at a September UN World Summit which allows international military intervention in domestic abuses as a last resort. Council president and British UN Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said he expected the new concept to be adopted in the resolution next week. Some members, including Russia, China and Algeria, have nonetheless expressed reservations; the US and Canada have suggested rewording of resolution and further talks among world leaders. Reuters has more.



 

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