Briefing by Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts, during the Security Council Open VTC.
The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, said the Secretary-General’s report highlights the enormous violations and failures to protect civilians around the world. He underscored that divisions in the Security Council on humanitarian law and work was increasing suffering on frontlines. He noted that while the ICRC takes responsibility to deliver neutral and impartial humanitarian services, it is the Council’s responsibility to facilitate access to populations in need.
Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC):
“You are obliged to proactively facilitate access and not pile mountains of bureaucratic and political obstacles on humanitarian organizations. You are not asked to tell humanitarian organizations who is in need, but rather to allow neutral and impartial organizations to do independent needs assessments in full transparency.”
Maurer stressed that the principals of international humanitarian law were put in place to protect people not to make political points.