US: Navi Pillay, the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, proposed the use of new technologies, such as satellite imagery, to improve the efforts to protect civilians in armed conflict. “The UN should consider making greater use of new technologies, such as satellite imagery, in the protection of civilians,” Pillay said. “It is our responsibility to protect the lives of civilians using every tool available to us.”
The statement was delivered by Ivan Simonovic, the UN assistant secretary-general for human rights, at an open meeting of the UN Security Council on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts.
“I urge the council to continue to include explicit provisions on protection and accountability in its resolutions,” she said. “Where missions receive monitoring and other human rights mandates, they should be given the necessary material and personnel resources to carry out their duties effectively.”
“The vast terrain and security environment in which they are often deployed may require helicopters and armoured personnel carrier,” she said.
Pillay also said that appropriate human rights training be made available to UN peacekeepers in order to “equip them for their duties.” She said that the monitoring and protection of human rights is essential for the UN to safeguard civilians in conflict around the world.
Pillay said that she is “seriously concern by the reported deaths and injuries of civilians resulting from counter-terrorism operations carried out (not only) in Yemen, but also in Pakistan and Somalia.”
Source: Shanghai Daily