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Testimony at the UN

UN Watch Statement
Item 10 General Debate
UNHRC 29th Session

Delivered by Ezy Sassoon

Thank you, Mr. President.

During the item 10 debate at this session, we have heard reports about the dire situation of human rights in the Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, as well as the horrific human rights abuses and violations on civilian populations perpetrated by Boko Haram.

First, in regard to the Central African Republic, the Independent Expert has described a situation where populations in border areas fall victims of armed groups, neighborhoods and villages face strong intercommunity tensions, while 200,000 people remain refugees and 400,000 IDPs.

Second, in Ivory Coast, forces that were loyal to Ouattara during the 2010-2011 crisis still perform security duties, often involved in arbitrary arrests and detention, inhumane treatment, summary executions, and sexual violence with complete impunity.

Third, we heard horrific details about the systematic and gross human rights violations committed against innocent civilians by Boko Haram. In 2014, Boko Haram alone killed 4,000 civilians in addition to the 1,500 reported killed in the first months of 2015. Furthermore, 2,000 women, including the 276 schoolgirls from Chibok were abducted in 2014. Unacceptably, these victims are forced into marriage and lives of servitude with Boko Haram members.

Mr. President,

In previous sessions, under this item, we have discussed the human rights situations in Ukraine, Sudan, South Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and DRC, where unspeakable atrocities are currently taking place, that shock the conscience of humanity.

Many of these country situations are of such urgent nature, that they should not be dealt with in terms of mere technical cooperation. Rather, we urge this Council to move many of these situations to consideration under its item 4, in order to increase the protection of the innocent civilians and hold the perpetrators to account.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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