Practice Relating to Rule 134. Women
In 2007, during a debate in the UN Security Council on threats to international peace and security, the permanent representative of Belgium stated:
… Belgium welcomes the increased attention that the Security Council is giving to the protection of civilians – particularly that of women … and other vulnerable groups – in armed conflict. The relevant resolutions aimed at the protection of civilians must be effectively implemented.
In 2007, during a debate in the UN Security Council on the humanitarian situation in the Great Lakes region and the Horn of Africa, the deputy permanent representative of Belgium stated, with reference to Somalia:
While stressing the primary responsibility of the Transitional Federal Government [of Somalia], Belgium calls upon all parties immediately to ensure the protection of civilians, especially of … women.