UNSC debate : Persecuted minorities in Middle East [fr]
Open debate to spotlight the situation of people belonging to persecuted minorities in Middle East, and gather and mobilize the international community to protect diversity
Because of systematic persecution conducted by Daech of individuals belonging to ethnic, religious and other minority groups in Middle East, the international community has to demonstrate a strong mobilization.
On March 27th, 2015, Laurent Fabius, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will lead a Ministerial meeting of the Security Council.
This meeting will be public and open to all Member States. The United Nations Secretary General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will brief the Council. Other personalities such as religious leaders and members of civil society engaged in the defense of human rights, the fight against discrimination, or the promotion of tolerance and inter-religious dialogue will also be invited to address the Council.
Such a high-level meeting would provide us with the opportunity to condemn the widespread and systematic persecution of individuals belonging to these ethnic and religious groups, to address impunity of the perpetrators, and to reaffirm the undeniable right of these individuals to continue living in their own country, in peace, freedom, equality and dignity.
It would also allow us to call on all Member States to respect and protect fundamental rights and freedoms for all individuals, including their freedom of religion and belief, whatever their national or ethnic origin, religion, or any other status, to fight against all forms of racism and discrimination and to promote inclusive societies.
Measures to fight against terrorism and counter violent extremism, while respecting international human rights and humanitarian law, could also be addressed
Finally, humanitarian assistance to countries facing the challenge of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons is key to ensure the preservation of inclusive societies and could also be addressed.