Israel, Hamas, and Sudan join UN child-harming blacklist

Israel, Hamas, and Sudan join UN child-harming blacklist

The suffering of the innocent has hardly left global media as warfare and corruption run rife throughout the Arab world, all whilst the UN Security Council tally up the various and numerous crimes to present stats in annual reports and “shame” the offenders on a global blacklist.

On 11th June UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres shamed Israel, Hamas, Islamic Jihadists, and Sudan for the horrific and despicable maiming and murdering of children in 2023, adding the countries to a worldwide, annual list of countries who violate the safety of children, Reuters reported.

Mr Guterres detailed in a report to the UN Security Council attacks by both Israel and Sudan’s armed forces on locations where vulnerable peoples may reside, such as schools and hospitals, as well as shaming Hamas and Islamic Jihad for abducting children.

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However, UN envoy, Virginia Gamba declared that she is most concerned about youths in Sudan, Haiti, and Congo, The Independent reported. Haiti may have joined the blacklist alongside the other national offenders but as the country only became “a situation of concern” for Gamba’s office in June 2023, the six months of monitored violence against children was not enough to determine whether Haiti deserved a place on the list.

The report compiled by both Guterres and Gamba exposes six grave violations: killing and maiming, sexual violence, abduction, recruitment and use, denial of aid and attacks on schools and hospitals.

The paramilitary Rapid Support Forces who assist the Sudanese armed forces since April 2023 were caught attacking 85 schools and hospitals, as well as recruiting children and committing rape and 114 verified acts of sexual violence.

Israel’s UN envoy, Gilad Erdan stated that he had been notified that Israel had been added to the list and commented that the decision was “shameful”.

The report counted 5,698 violations to Israel’s armed and security forces, 116 to Hamas, and 21 to Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Reuters/The Independent


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