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SG condemns violence in West Jerusalem, Syria, and Libya, set to brief Council on Libya tomorrow, HRC issues statement on LGBT rights and more from UN Direct

West Jerusalem: SG issued a statement strongly condemning the attack adjacent to bus stop in West Jerusalem that has reportedly killed 1 and injured over 30 Israeli citizens, adding “such attacks are unacceptable”.

Syria: SG issued a statement which condemns the violence against peaceful demonstrators in Syria yesterday and today which resulted in several killed and more injured, adding that there should be a transparent investigation, those responsible must be held accountable and Syrian authorities must refrain from violence.

Libya: the SG issued a statement which condemns the continued use of force in Western part of Libya and reiterates his call for an immediate end to violence by all parties.  He also said all those who violate international humanitarian and human rights will be held accountable.

SG: SG will brief the Security Council on the situation in Libya and his visit to Tunisia tomorrow afternoon.  At approximately 4:40 the SG will address the press at the stakeout.

Human Rights Council: yesterday, 85 countries signed onto a statement issued at the Human Rights Council on “ending acts of violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation & gender identity”, which was led by the U.S., Colombia and Slovenia.  The statement expresses concern for acts of violence and related violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and calls on the Council to be guided by the human rights principles of “universality and non-discrimination” in dealing with these issues.  It also encourages the OHCHR to address these violations.  Following the Council’s action, Secretary Clinton said “This statement is an example of America’s commitment to human rights through dialogue, open discussion and frank conversation with countries we don’t always agree with on every issue”, adding “gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights”.  A fact sheet on the statement produced by the State Department is also availab.e.

UNAMID: 2 peacekeepers received gunshot wounds yesterday in Western Darfur and were seriously injured, but in stable condition. The Joint Special Representative for UNAMID, Ibrahim Gambari, has expressed his “outrage” by the attack.

OCHA: has released new report on East Jerusalem, the first report to analyze the humanitarian impact of measures implemented by Israel on the Palestinian population.


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