OFFICIAL STATEMENT 033
Condemnation of attack against WHO in Myanmar

​Spain strongly condemns the attack carried out yesterday against a World Health Organisation vehicle being used to combat COVID-19 in the State of Rakhine, Myanmar (Burma) leading to the death of a WHO employee and seriously injuring a civil servant from Myanmar

22/04/2020

​The Government of Spain offers its condolences to the family and colleagues of the victim and its best wishes for a swift and full recovery by the individual who suffered injuries.

Spain reaffirms its solidarity and support for the WHO, the work of which - especially at this time - is essential for accompanying national efforts in the fight against the pandemic caused by COVID-19. Events such as this demonstrate the importance of all disputing parties anywhere in the world adhering to the global ceasefire requested by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

In line with Resolution 2286 (2016) of the United Nations Security Council, Spain underlines the obligation enshrined by International Humanitarian Law to respect and protect all healthcare professionals and humanitarian personnel solely engaged in medical missions, which includes their means of transport and equipment, hospitals and other healthcare establishments. Spain reiterates that the international community must maintain its efforts to achieve effective development and compliance with this Resolution, including proper care for the victims and the investigation of such attacks.

 

 

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