South Sudan: IRC calls on UN Mission to make protecting vulnerable civilians its main priority
May 14, 2014 by giselle benatar
The IRC today called on the UN Mission to renew its mandate in South Sudan and to prioritize protection of the more than a 4.9 million civilians who are now in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.
Under current circumstances in South Sudan, with more than 70,000 people seeking protection inside UNMISS bases and with much larger numbers of people in need of protection outside the bases, UNMISS must receive clear direction that protection of civilians be the priority of the mission, not a priority. There must be robust interpretation of UNMISS peacekeepers’ role of using “all means necessary” to protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence.