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UN boosts aid workers' protection

The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously in favour of a resolution to increase the protection of aid workers in conflict zones. The resolution, put forward by the Mexican Government, also recognises that attacks on humanitarian workers should constitute a war crime. However, the vote was delayed after the United States insisted on the removal of language referring to the international criminal court, which Washington does not recognise. The vote comes one week after the devastating attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad, in which 23 people died. Despite the groundswell of support for the resolution, it was almost blocked by the United States, which objected to language that noted attacks on aid workers constitute a war crime under the statutes of the International Criminal Court, or ICC. Full Story

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