Humanitarian actors urged to find ways to help those in terrorist-restricted areas

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Valerie Amos

Important steps had been taken by the Security Council to implement its commitment to protect civilians, says UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos.

Speaking by video-conference from Rio de Janeiro to a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York marking the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the Baghdad Canal Hotel in Iraq, which killed 22 UN personnel, Ms. Amos noted that for example, peacekeeping operations have been given more consistent mandates. And sanctions have been applied for serious violations like the deliberate obstruction of humanitarian access.

However, she said, other factors limit access to those in need and raise protection concerns.

“People in areas controlled by non-state armed groups designated as terrorists may have no or diminished access to humanitarian assistance and protection because of restrictions imposed by counter-terrorism laws and policies.”

Ms Amos says a recent independent study on the impact of donor counter-terrorism measures recommended that the humanitarian community, donors and inter-governmental bodies and other relevant actors, discuss how to reconcile counter-terrorism measures and humanitarian action.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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