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Sat, 22 Jun 2019 14:27 - Updated Sat, 22 Jun 2019 14:23

UN Security Council calls for protection of disabled in war zones

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council approved Thursday its first resolution calling for protection of disabled people during armed conflicts.

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The appeal follows moving testimony in April from Nujeen Mustafa, a young Syrian with cerebral palsy, who trekked with a wheelchair from her homeland all the way to Germany as a refugee. She urged the council to focus more on Syria's "invisible" disabled people.

Thursday's 11-point resolution was passed unanimously and sponsored by Britain and Poland.

The text "urges all parties to armed conflict to take measures, in accordance with applicable international law obligations to protect civilians, including those with disabilities, and to prevent violence and abuses against civilians in situations of armed conflict."

It also says states should end impunity for crimes committed against civilians, including those with disabilities.

The council also highlighted what it called the benefit of "providing sustainable, timely, appropriate, inclusive and accessible assistance to civilians with disabilities affected by armed conflict."

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