Mali, Myanmar, South Sudan& other topics – Daily Briefing (5 April 2021)

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    Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

    Highlights:

    – Mali

    – Myanmar

    – South Sudan

    – Timor-Leste

    – Indonesia

    – Covax

    – International Criminal Court

    – International Day of Conscience

    – Financial Contribution

    MALI

    In Mali, four peacekeepers from Chad were killed on Friday, during an attack against their camp in Aguelhok. This is in northern Mali’s Kidal region.

    Thirty-four peacekeepers were also injured in the attack – that’s up from 19 originally reported as injured on Friday.

    The Secretary-General condemns the attack in the strongest terms. He also commends the courage and bravery of the peacekeepers who robustly repelled the attack by armed combatants on one of their camps.

    The Secretary-General conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Chad and extends his profound sympathies to the families of the victims. He wishes a swift recovery to all the peacekeepers injured.

    The Secretary-General recalls that attacks that target peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law and that sanctions can be applied against those responsible. He calls on the Malian authorities to spare no effort in identifying and promptly holding to account the perpetrators of this heinous attack.

    Tomorrow, the Security Council will discuss the situation in Mali. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the head of peacekeeping, is scheduled to brief Council members.

    MYANMAR

    In Myanmar, the UN remains alarmed by the ongoing violence in the country.

    The UN says that another 18 people were killed over the weekend.

    As of today, the UN Human Rights Office has received credible reports of at least 568 women, children and men, who have been killed since the military seized control of the Government in February. The Office warns that this number may be significantly higher.

    SOUTH SUDAN

    In South Sudan, the UN Mission there said they helped reunite 58 women and children, who had been abducted last year during intercommunal fighting in Jonglei State.

    The UN Mission has been working with our partners since December to broker peace between the Lou Nuer, Murle and Dinka Bor communities.

    UN helicopters have helped women and children be reunited with their communities and families.

    David Shearer, the head of the Mission, said the agreement reached to release abducted women and children is an essential step to build trust and avoid the cycle of revenge.

    The UN Mission believes that as many as 686 women and children were abducted during the clashes that took place between January and August of last year. Tragically, these abductions often involve sexual violence.

    We are supporting efforts for the return of the remaining women and children.

    Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=05%20April%202021

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