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World Humanitarian Day: UN Press For Law protecting humanitarian workers

World Humanitarian Day: UN Press For Law protecting humanitarian workers

Doris Ukaonu

The United Nations has pressed that the world leaders implement an international law for the protection of humanitarians from conflict across the world.

Top officials of the organization emphasized the importance of such law at the celebration of the 10th World Humanitarian Day on Monday, August 19.

They emphasized that the rights of all humanitarian workers should be protected under international law.

The celebration marked the remembrance of the Aug. 19, 2003 car bomb attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, which left 22 staff members dead.

The World Humanitarian Day celebration for 2019 focal point was on the contribution of female humanitarian workers across the world “who put their lives at risk to promote peace and development” around the world.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at the celebration on Monday, the UN Staff Union hosted a wreath-laying ceremony at the organization’s headquarters in New York.

Speaking at the event, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, bemoaned the recurrent “serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law around the world.”

Guterres said after the 2003 attack in Iraq, no fewer than 4,500 aid workers of all genders had been killed, injured, detained, assaulted or kidnapped on duty.

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This according to him translates into an average of five attacks per week, and 280 victims in a year or five in every single week.

“Last year saw the second-highest number of attacks on aid workers on record, with 405 aid workers attacked, 131 killed, 144 wounded and 130 kidnapped in a total of 226 separate incidents,” he said.

Guterres beckoned that member states, regional and international bodies must lend their voices concerning the violence so that the offenders can be brought to book.

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