Ukraine: SRSG Maalla M'jid condemns school attack: "Protecting schools and all civilian structures is not negotiable."

Statement attributable to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Dr. Najat Maalla M'jid– on Ukraine

New York, 9 May 2022 - "I am horrified at any attack on schools as the one recently occurred in Luhansk region, Ukraine.

Protecting schools and all civilian structures is not negotiable.

While casualties and injuries are still uncertain, attacks add to the suffering of families and hundreds of children lives lost in conflicts.

Children, we cannot forget, pay the highest toll and I add my voice to reiterate that targeting civilian facilities which includes schools, is a violation of international humanitarian law and must stop."