Practice Relating to Rule 55. Access for Humanitarian Relief to Civilians in Need
Section A. Access for humanitarian relief
In 2008, during a debate in the UN Security Council on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, the representative of Viet Nam stated that “humanitarian access, among other things, is critical to protecting civilians in armed conflict.”
The representative of Viet Nam also stated that “regional organizations, with their good understanding of regional stakeholders, are well positioned to convince parties to armed conflict to … facilitate humanitarian access.”
In 2008, during a debate in the UN Security Council on the situation in the Middle East, the representative of Viet Nam stated:
We once again urge Israel scrupulously to abide by international law – above all human rights and humanitarian law – [and to] … open the border crossings, and … ensure unfettered access for international assistance and humanitarian relief to the Palestinian population in all occupied territories.
In 2012, in a statement before the Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly on Agenda Item 52: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for the Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the deputy permanent representative of Viet Nam stated:
In this connection, we call upon Israel to cease all military and the settlement activities in [the] Palestinian Territory, and end its blockade to provide immediate protection for the Palestinian population in Gaza in accordance with international humanitarian laws. We again appeal [to] all parties concerned to abide by international humanitarian and human rights laws and extend the necessary cooperation to humanitarian relief operations with a view to mitigating [the] pains and hardships of [the] Palestinian people. We emphasize the need to give staff members of UNRWA convenient and safe conditions to carry out their difficult work, so that the agency could meet better the needs of the Palestine refugees.