International humanitarian NGO urges UN Secretary General to blacklist Haftar

International humanitarian NGO urges UN Secretary General to blacklist Haftar

April 22, 2020 - 20:39
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The international advocacy group, the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict urged UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to put Khalifa Haftar's forces along with others on a UN blacklist for killing and injuring children.

The Watchlist called for further investigations to determine whether the forces allied with Libya’s Khalifa Haftar should be put on the UN blacklist for killing and injuring children.

The NGO also recommended that the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and its allied militias be listed for attacks on schools and hospitals in Yemen, and that Israeli forces be listed “for killing and maiming children.

The organization’s 32-page report released Monday said the blacklist has served as an important tool to protect children by identifying warring parties responsible for violating their rights.

Watchlist program director Adrianne Lapar told a video press briefing launching the report that all violators should be held to the same standards.

The UN blacklist or Consolidated List was launched in 2002. It includes names of entities or individuals who violate children's rights in conflict zones.

Watchlist was formed in 2001 by a group of leading human rights and humanitarian organizations in response to the need for improved monitoring and reporting on violations against children in war. It is known for its work on children and human rights, boasting – through its members – both a solid expertise on child protection and a wealth of information and experiences coming directly from the ground.

 

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