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Venezuela condemns violence against medical and humanitarian personnel in armed conflicts

2016-05-03

During a Security Council meeting held on Tuesday, Venezuela condemned the bombing against healthcare personnel and facilities in conflict areas.
Rafael Ramirez, Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations stressed that “We find it unacceptable that health workers and medical personnel have become military targets in war zones. It cannot be tolerated that hospitals are bombed, that doctors, the wounded and sick are murdered in the same hospitals”.
 
Ramirez gave these remarks after the unanimous adoption of a new Security Council resolution on the protection of the wounded and sick, medical personnel, facilities and means of transport in armed conflicts, which was sponsored by Egypt, Spain, Japan, New Zealand and Uruguay.

Ramirez urged the members of the Security Council not to allow this resolution to be simply diplomatic rhetoric while called upon some UN members that are part of coalitions in armed conflicts to recognize their actions against the international humanitarian law.
 
“We believe that the first concrete step that must be taken by the Security Council is to ensure that its members who participate in such conflicts, coalitions or wars denounce and punish their allies or armies that flagrantly flout the laws that we are discussing today”. Ramirez pointed out.
 
Furthermore, the Venezuelan diplomat denounced that the attacks against healthcare facilities and personnel constitute deliberate actions that try to cause anguish and distress in the civilian population.
 


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