Worsening Security in Mozambique & other topics – Daily Briefing (13 November 2020)

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Western Sahara – Deputy Secretary-General – Ethiopia – Mozambique – Asia Pacific – Kenya – Environment – Sanitation – Senior Personnel Appointment – Peacekeeping/COVID-19 – Noon Briefing Guest Monday DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL The Deputy Secretary-General is in Mali for a second day. This morning, she travelled to Mopti, in central Mali, where she visited the project called “Femmes engagees”, which provides training and promotes women’s economic empowerment. She had discussions with some of the women who benefited from the project that is supported by the United Nations. She also toured the project site including stands of some of the products emerging from women entrepreneurs.  Later in the day, in Bamako, she visited the UN Medical Care Camp, outfitted as a COVID-19 clinic. She also met with UN Staff and had exchanges with a group of partners, including women and young people.   In a few minutes, she is scheduled to meet with the Vice-President of Mali on the unfolding inclusive transition and development process.   Tomorrow, she will travel to Sierra Leone.  ETHIOPIA The UN Acting Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Pramila Patten, and the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Karen Smith, have expressed deep concern over reports of escalating ethnic tensions in Ethiopia and recent military clashes in the Tigray region, in which many civilians have allegedly been killed.   The two have received reports of incidents of ethnically and religiously motivated hate speech, incitement to violence and serious human rights violations – including arbitrary arrests, killings, displacement of populations and the destruction of property in various parts of the country. They strongly condemned reports of targeted attacks against civilians based on their ethnicity or religion.   The two senior officials noted that stigmatization of certain ethnic groups, including the Tigray, Amhara, Somali as well as the Oromo, among others, has significantly contributed to ethnic intolerance in the country.   The United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect stands ready and offers its support to the Ethiopian authorities and relevant stakeholders to counter and address hate speech and prevent incitement to violence in the country.   Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, also expressed her increasing alarm at the rapidly deteriorating situation in the Ethiopian region of Tigray. She warned that if Tigray regional forces and Ethiopian Government forces continue down the path they are on, there is a risk this situation will spiral totally out of control.  She said that, while the details of the alleged mass killings reported by Amnesty International in Mai-Kadra in south-west Tigray have not yet been fully verified, there should be a full inquiry.  MOZAMBIQUE  The UN Refugee Agency expressed its concern about the worsening security situation, which we’ve been flagging.   According to UN estimates, violence by armed groups in the Cabo Delgado province has uprooted at least 355,000 people since 2017.   Humanitarian agencies, including UNHCR, have provided food, water, and hygiene services but more needs to be done urgently due to new arrivals in the Pemba area. Access to some areas remains limited due to violence and insecurity, they added.  The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, also expressed herself on the situation, calling on all actors to take urgent measures to protect civilians in the Cabo Delgado province saying the situation is desperate, both for those trapped in conflict-affected areas – with barely any means of surviving – and for those displaced across the province and beyond. Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=13%20November%202020

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