May 2022 – In a joint statement, Watchlist and 22 organizations call on the UN Security Council, Member States, and other entities within the UN system to strengthen compliance with international humanitarian and human rights law, end impunity, prevent and address conflict-related sexual violence, end and prevent grave violations committed against children, engage with civil society, and consolidate the role of protection at the heart of UN peace operations.

The statement outlines three concrete actions to be taken immediately by Member States to protect civilians in the context of urban warfare.

The statement has been released ahead of the Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, which will be held on May 25, 2022.

Read the joint statement here.

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