Sun 26/09/2021

South Africa calls for accountability for violations against civilians in Western Sahara

2 months ago at 27/Jul/2021 56

South Africa has expressed its deep concern about the lack of international attention to the plight of civilians in protracted conflicts, such as Western Sahara and Palestine.

In a statement before a UN Security Council session on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts, the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, Ambassador Mathu Joyini, made clear that the plight of civilians in Western Sahara and Palestine was not receiving sufficient attention, and there was no accountability for violations committed against civilians in those territories.

The South African diplomat urged the Security Council and States to fulfil the obligation to provide full protection to civilians, including by strengthening and implementing relevant and applicable legal and political frameworks, and making efforts to ensure accountability for violations, including by condemning those who violate international humanitarian law.

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