International humanitarian law and the protection of civilians in armed conflict are key issues of human dignity and of utmost importance to Norway. In a time where we see that civilians’ right to protection under IHL is put under an increasing pressure due to the nature of modern conflicts, it is our obligation to work to ensure that these rules are respected by all parties to a conflict, and that all those responsible of violations of IHL are held accountable.
We believe the main focus of the present draft resolution is relevant and constructive. We particularly appreciate the focus on process as well as efforts by the main sponsor to address key concerns of many UN members, including Norway, and thereby obtaining broader support. The effectiveness of the message is significantly enhanced by this approach.
Norway supports the main message of the resolution; that the investigations by the parties should be independent and credible and comply with international standards. Further, we support a role for the UN Secretary-General in monitoring national investigations.
For these reasons, Norway voted in favor of the resolution (64/48).