Rights of Persons with Disabilities & other topics - Daily Press Briefing (11 June 2019)


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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
- Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities
- Security council
- Mali
- Botswana
- Yemen
- Sudan Unicef
Earlier today, the Secretary-General spoke at the 12th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He stressed that disability inclusion is a fundamental right, and that realizing the rights of persons with disabilities is a matter of justice as well as a common-sense investment in our common future.
“When we remove policies, biases or obstacles to opportunity for persons with disabilities, the whole world benefits,” he said.
The Secretary-General acknowledged that we have a long way to ensure full accessibility, including in the UN. With this in mind, he announced the launch of the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy which seeks to raise the standards of the UN’s own performance on disability inclusion across the board.
“It is very simple: We can no longer be a platform for change when persons with disabilities cannot access that platform to speak,” he said.

The Security Council is holding an open meeting today on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. Speaking on behalf of the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, was Reena Ghelani, OCHA's Director of Advocacy and Operations.
She told Council members that alarming numbers of people go missing in armed conflicts – whether they are captured and held incommunicado, are victims of extrajudicial executions, or merely fleeing violence.
Ms. Ghelani stressed that, as the Secretary-General said in his report on the issue, parties to conflict must respect and ensure respect for international humanitarian law, which prohibits enforced disappearances.

In a statement issued after the press briefing yesterday, the Secretary-General expressed his outrage at reports of an attack in central Mali that resulted in the killing of at least 95 civilians, and many injuries as well. 
He called on the Malian authorities to investigate this tragedy and to bring the perpetrators to justice. He also urged the Government and all others to engage in intercommunal dialogue to resolve tensions and differences.
The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali reports that a majority of the victims of Sunday’s attack were women and children, while a number of civilians remain missing.
The UN Mission has deployed a human rights fact-finding mission comprised of human rights officers, UN police, forensic and ballistic experts, and it continues to assist the Malian prosecutor in launching an investigation.
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