60 UN staffers remain detained or in captivity

2014-03-26 08:44


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United Nations - The United Nations is marking a day of solidarity with the dozens of staffers around the world who remain in detention or in the hands of their abductors.

The UN on Tuesday recognised 60 staffers, most of them locally recruited, who were detained or in captivity as of 21 March.

That's according to a statement by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who says he is "especially worried" about staffers in conflict-ripped Syria. The UN has said 22 staffers are detained or presumed detained there, with another three missing.

"It is now clear that the United Nations flag has increasingly become a target instead of a shield," Ian Richards, vice president of the United Nations Staff-Management Committee, said in a statement.

The UN Staff Union says 138 civilian personnel were detained or arrested by authorities in member states last year.

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