News & views | 10 May 2019 | by Selma van Oostwaard0
NGOs calling for urgent action to strengthen the protection of civilians in armed conflict
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council taking up the protection of civilians in armed conflict on its agenda, as well as two important resolutions passed in 1999: Resolution 1265 on the protection of civilians in armed conflict and Resolution 1270, which included the first explicit protection of civilians mandate for a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operation. This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
In a joint statement, PAX and 21 other NGOs* collectively urge Security Council members, the UN Secretary-General, and all UN Member States to take full advantage of the opportunity of these important anniversaries to meaningfully improve civilian protection in country-specific situations and advance an ambitious vision for the protection of civilians agenda.
* Organisations who are supporting this statement: Action Against Hunger, Amnesty International, Article 36, CARE, Center for Civilians in Conflict, Child Fund Alliance, Concern Worldwide US, FIDH, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, Human Rights Watch, Humanity & Inclusion, InterAction, The International Network on Explosive Weapons, International Rescue Committee, Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam, PAX, Save the Children, War Child, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict and World Vision International.