Aug 19, 2019, 2:53 PM
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UN chief urges world to protect humanitarians from harm

Tehran, Aug 19, IRNA – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Humanitarian Day, August 19, 2019, urged world leaders to protect humanitarians from harm.

"World Humanitarian Day honors aid workers around the world who risk their own lives to help save and improve the lives of others. This year, we pay special tribute to women humanitarians and the huge difference they make for millions of women, men and children in urgent need," said Antonio Guterres in a massage, a copy of which was obtained by IRNA through the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in the Iranian capital on August 19.

Guterres wrote from supporting civilians caught up in crisis to addressing disease outbreaks, women humanitarians are on the front lines.

"Their presence makes aid operations more effective by increasing their reach. It also improves the humanitarian response to gender-based violence, which increases during emergencies."

Inviting everyone to share their powerful stories through online and social media platforms, Guterres said, "We reaffirm our common commitment to strengthening the role of women in humanitarian operations."

"World leaders, and all parties to conflict, must ensure that humanitarians are protected from harm, as required under international law. Serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law continue around the world. They must be investigated and prosecuted."

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