Practice Relating to Rule 55. Access for Humanitarian Relief to Civilians in Need
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.