The UN needs to react to “the escalating, ruthless phenomenon of international terrorism” by “urgent[ly] re-enforc[ing] of the international juridical framework of a multilateral application of the responsibility to protect people from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity and all forms of unjust aggression.”
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations said this, adding: “With lessons learned from our failure to stop recent horrors of genocide and presently confronted with blatant, massive violations of fundamental human rights and of international humanitarian law, the time is for courageous decisions.”
Referring to the abuses committed by the so-called ‘Islamic State’, the archbishop addressed competent UN bodies, urging them to prevent possible new genocides and to assist the increasing number of refugees. The Holy See appealed especially for the minorities, including Christian communities that are being targeted because of their ethnic origins and religious beliefs. “The Holy See insists on the respect of the right of these communities and all the displaced persons to return to their homes and to live in dignity and safety.” In his speech, Mgr. Auza talked about support for a nascent Palestinian State, the dramatic situation in Syria, Libya and Iraq and about the response to international terrorism.
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