Speech: Denouncing the use of hunger as a tool of war

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Thank you, Madam President. The United Kingdom welcomes the adoption of the first UN Security Council resolution to recognise the clear link between armed conflict and hunger. We thank the Netherlands, Kuwait, Sweden and Cote d’Ivoire for their work.

Millions of civilians in situations of armed conflict continue to suffer alarming levels of hunger caused overwhelmingly by political and military action. Unanimously adopting this text today underlines the Council’s belief that starvation is not something the parties to conflict are powerless to prevent, and signals our shared determination to take action.

Today’s resolution calls upon parties to armed conflict to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law, and refrain from using starvation as a method of warfare. Relevant obligations relate to humanitarian access, protection of infrastructure critical to providing food to civilians and the need to refrain from attacking, destroying, removing, or rendering useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population.

Madam President, we know that conflict is, for instance, the main contributor to hunger in South Sudan. In February 2017, famine was declared in Unity State, where some 100,000 people faced starvation. The declaration led to an escalated humanitarian response in the affected areas, and the famine status was lifted in June 2017.

Sadly, this situation has since deteriorated. In January, one million people were already severely food insecure – a 40 percent increase compared with the same time last year. UN agencies say that the food security outlook in South Sudan has never been so dire as it is now. Nearly two-thirds of the population, more than seven million people, will need food aid to stave off starvation in the May-July “lean season” – the hiatus between the depletion of food stocks and the next harvest.

The lesson is clear. Humanitarian aid can only ever be a sticking plaster. The solutions are political. In the resolution, the Security Council calls on the Secretary-General to provide it with early warning about conflict-related famine and food-insecurity conditions. In this regard, we look forward to more regular reporting on conditions within the context of country-specific situations.

Today, the Security Council has been clear in denouncing the use of hunger as a tool of war and calling on all parties to conflict to recall their obligations to the most vulnerable. We look forward to working with the members of this Council on this vital issue.

Thank you.

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#2
What's the UK government's stance on bombing the crap out of on the flimsiest of pretexts as a tool of war?

For a friend, like.
 
#3
Does only being allowed one sausage count?
 
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Security Council resolution to recognise the clear link between armed conflict and hunger.
No shit Sherlock, ask the good people of Holland what happened when the Germans opened the dykes and stopped food supplies, which resulted in thousands of deaths. FFS this was over 70 years ago, All Major wars result in starvation, usually for the civilian population. Regarding stopping and containing wars, The UN is a toothless tiger, not worth the paper its mandate its written on..........Stalingrad!
 
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No shit Sherlock, ask the good people of Holland what happened when the Germans opened the dykes and stopped food supplies, which resulted in thousands of deaths. FFS this was over 70 years ago, All Major wars result in starvation, usually for the civilian population. Regarding stopping and containing wars, The UN is a toothless tiger, not worth the paper its mandate its written on..........Stalingrad!
Yup, we starved the boxheads in WW1. You could argue that it lost them the war as their troops were so demoralised and deprived of stuff that they were diverted from their 1918 Spring offensive to stuff their faces and get on the lash with the stores they captured. Up to the point they all got pissed, it had been going swimmingly for them.
 
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And the yet-to-be formed UN were involved how . . . ?

......NOT involved. I quoted the stats as a reminder that for all the bluster of the League of nations, to rid the world of armed conflict, it failed. Ditto the UN.

I am not in any way condoning the mass murder of captive un-armed civilians, or surrendered soldiers. The middle east despots are good examples of rules and regulations designed to HUMANISE that which is profoundly inhuman, by suits in the comfort of their air conditioned offices is pointless. All wars with the deaths by bomb bullet gas flame chemical and mines will still be fought, all the legislation in the world will not stop it, you can legislate, agree, propose until you are blue in the face, rogue field commanders, politicians and dictators will do what ever it takes to hold on to power, oil, diamonds, gold and territory, hunger and forced starvation is just another tool in the big box of tactics. Ask any soldier that served in the Balkans, or during the mau mau up rising, or what transpired in the crater district of Aden, or Palestine in the late 40's,. soldiers will do what ever it takes, Sgt Blackman is a good example, the 11th commandant. Ask any para what happened when they over ran the argy positions in the FI,.... Allegedly......
 
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#15
1.5 million died, the majority civilians, from hunger.
Germans encircled city Launched attacks to Capture City - Ruskies hold on by skin of teeth to little bits of it
Russians Encircled Germans Launched attacks to capture Remaining Rubble

Whilst is indisputable that Many starved - Theres a very good case that hunger was a by product of the situation rather than the aim (ditto all those civvies who were killed by Shelling and bombing).

Neither side surrounded the city and then having besieged it waited for it to starve into submission (as was attempted with Leningrad)
 
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Oh FFS...


"It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove, or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population, such as foodstuffs, agricultural areas for the production of foodstuffs, crops, livestock, drinking water installations and supplies, and irrigation works, for the specific purpose of denying them for their sustenance value to the civilian population or to the adverse Party, whatever the motive, whether in order to starve out civilians, to cause them to move away, or for any other motive."

Article 54, Protocol I 1977 Geneva Convention
 
#17
The hunger strikers in the Maze used hunger as a weapon of war....erm....on themselves.



They obviously didn't see the fatal flaw in their plan...ideally it shuold be the other side that starves...
 
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Thank you, Madam President. The United Kingdom welcomes the adoption of the first UN Security Council resolution to recognise the clear link between armed conflict and hunger. We thank the Netherlands, Kuwait, Sweden and Cote d’Ivoire for their work.

Millions of civilians in situations of armed conflict continue to suffer alarming levels of hunger caused overwhelmingly by political and military action. Unanimously adopting this text today underlines the Council’s belief that starvation is not something the parties to conflict are powerless to prevent, and signals our shared determination to take action.

Today’s resolution calls upon parties to armed conflict to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law, and refrain from using starvation as a method of warfare. Relevant obligations relate to humanitarian access, protection of infrastructure critical to providing food to civilians and the need to refrain from attacking, destroying, removing, or rendering useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population.

Madam President, we know that conflict is, for instance, the main contributor to hunger in South Sudan. In February 2017, famine was declared in Unity State, where some 100,000 people faced starvation. The declaration led to an escalated humanitarian response in the affected areas, and the famine status was lifted in June 2017.

Sadly, this situation has since deteriorated. In January, one million people were already severely food insecure – a 40 percent increase compared with the same time last year. UN agencies say that the food security outlook in South Sudan has never been so dire as it is now. Nearly two-thirds of the population, more than seven million people, will need food aid to stave off starvation in the May-July “lean season” – the hiatus between the depletion of food stocks and the next harvest.

The lesson is clear. Humanitarian aid can only ever be a sticking plaster. The solutions are political. In the resolution, the Security Council calls on the Secretary-General to provide it with early warning about conflict-related famine and food-insecurity conditions. In this regard, we look forward to more regular reporting on conditions within the context of country-specific situations.

Today, the Security Council has been clear in denouncing the use of hunger as a tool of war and calling on all parties to conflict to recall their obligations to the most vulnerable. We look forward to working with the members of this Council on this vital issue.

Thank you.

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Does this mean Buffalo Bill Cody will finally be recognised by Unca Sam as a leading exponent of genocide against the plains-dwelling native Americans, rather than as a rather dashing dude?

I'm not going to hold my breath.
 
#19
I saw them once. They were really good and I'm buggered if I could manage it without sneezing at least once. The paint must itch though. I left them a fiver.
 
#20
Oh FFS...


"It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove, or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population, such as foodstuffs, agricultural areas for the production of foodstuffs, crops, livestock, drinking water installations and supplies, and irrigation works, for the specific purpose of denying them for their sustenance value to the civilian population or to the adverse Party, whatever the motive, whether in order to starve out civilians, to cause them to move away, or for any other motive."

Article 54, Protocol I 1977 Geneva Convention
 

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