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World Leaders Rebuked Over “Paralysis”

World Leaders Rebuked Over “Paralysis”World Leaders Rebuked Over “Paralysis”

The heads of the UN and Red Cross have issued a rare joint rebuke to world leaders, accusing them of “disturbing paralysis” in the face of conflict.

“This flouts the very raison d’etre of the UN,” its chief, Ban Ki-moon, said.

International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter Maurer said the world had rarely witnessed so much suffering and instability, BBC reported.

They urged immediate concrete steps to ease the plight of civilians in places like Afghanistan, Nigeria and Syria.

It is the first time the two bodies have issued a joint warning in a sign of desperation over the spread of conflicts across the world.

 ‘Defying Basic Humanity’

“Rarely before have we witnessed so many people on the move,” Maurer told reporters at a joint news conference with Ban in Geneva on Saturday.

He said some 60 million people globally had been displaced from their homes because of conflict and violence—”the highest figure since World War Two”.

In a statement, the two leaders said today’s wars were being waged “in complete defiance of basic humanity”.

Maurer said this applied to combatants in the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen.

“Every day, we hear of civilians being killed and wounded in violation of the basic rules of international humanitarian law, and with total impunity. Instability is spreading. Suffering is growing. No country can remain untouched,” he added.

Ban said: “Enough is enough. Even war has rules. It is time to enforce them.”

To help bring about peace, they called on states to rein in armed groups and hold them accountable for abuses, and stop the use of heavy weapons in populated areas.

The joint statement also stresses the protection and assistance of displaced people fleeing insecurity.

They emphasized unhindered access to medical and humanitarian missions, and called for redoubling efforts to find sustainable solutions to conflicts.

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