Security Council must act against human rights violations, says Ban

Ivorians displaced by fighting

Everyone shares the fundamental responsibility to protect civilians caught in the middle of war.

That's the message UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon passed on to the Security Council on Wednesday.

He said women, children and men continue to face gross human rights violations, including murder, torture, and rape.

Mr. Ban noted some of the challenges and steps states need to take to better protect their populations in times of conflict.

"First, we need to see enhanced compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law. Violations must be met with appropriate action from the Council, including strong condemnation where clearly warranted. Moreover, demands for compliance should be backed by the threat of targeted sanctions and intense scrutiny, including through commissions of inquiry. Second, we need to do more consistently and effectively engage non-State armed groups in order to improve their compliance with the law."

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