New York, August 19: Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of United Nations on Friday said that we are here to tell the world that civilians in conflict are not a target. Notably, on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, UN chief Antonio Guterres urged all the world powers fighting against terrorism to not to target civilians who are stuck in war-torn areas. He said, “We are here to tell the world that civilians in conflict are not a target.”
Guterres said, “It is very difficult for me not to remember at this moment my more than ten years of work with UNHCR, one of the central UN humanitarian agencies, and to say how shocked I always was when seeing that more and more in the conflicts we were witnessing, trying to protect people fleeing from those conflicts, how more and more civilians were a target.”
Guterres pointing out the banners said, to see UN humanitarians, to see NGO humanitarians, to see other organizations – humanitarian workers - be a target is something that was, indeed, horrifying. And to see some of my colleagues losing their lives in the line of duty has been one of the most horrible experiences I had in my life.” “So this symbol - Not A Target - has a very special meaning for me,” he added.
“We are standing here together to mark World Humanitarian Day, in solidarity with all the civilians around the world who are caught up in conflict. We are here to tell the world: Civilians in conflict are Not A Target,” Guterres noted.
Guterres further stated that protecting civilians in conflict is a fundamental tenet of international humanitarian law. Yet in war zones all over the world, parties to the conflict are flouting their obligations, routinely killing civilians in direct and indiscriminate attacks, and showing contempt for human life. Armed conflicts are tearing communities and countries apart, forcing record numbers of people from their homes to rely on humanitarian aid for their survival and protection.