UN General Assembly adopts resolution on missing persons prepared by Azerbaijan

22:41 | 18 December, 2018

A resolution put forward by Azerbaijan called “Missing Persons” was adopted through consensus at the plenary session of the UN General Assembly,

Report informs citing the press service of the Foreign Minister that 62 countries joined the document as co-authors. The main goal of the resolution, put forward every two years by Azerbaijan is to increase attention to the problem of missing persons in the world as a result of armed conflicts.

The resolution expresses deep concern over the increase in the number of armed conflicts in some parts of the world and  consequently in the number of those missing and notes that the problem of missing persons causes deep suffering to their families, while continuing to deal a great blow to the attempts to end conflicts.

The countries of the resolution urge to respect and follow the articles of international humanitarian law, to take all necessary measures to prevent missing in situations of armed conflict, to search for missing persons, including to cooperate, in accordance with international obligations, in order to clarify the fate of those missing. The resolution reiterates the right of families of missing persons to get information about the fate of their loved ones. The resolution calls on states to pay special attention to the issue of children missing in armed conflicts.

The resolution includes a call to submit a detailed report with practical recommendations for its implementation at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly (2020) and the respective session of the UN Human Rights Council.