In 2018 16 employees of the UN were kidnapped, one person was missing at the beginning of 2019. Fortunately, all of them were released after some time. But 21 UN-workers are now under arrest, while five have not been charged.
Such figures were given by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff.
"We will do everything possible to release our employees," - the UN-Chief said.
He invoked all countries to support the Convention on the safety of UN and associated personnel, adopted in 1994.
"If United Nations or associated personnel are captured or detained in the course of the performance of their duties and their identification has been established, they shall not be subjected to interrogation and they shall be promptly released and returned to United Nations or other appropriate authorities" - the agreement says. To date, only 95 countries joined the Convention.
"Both in their home countries and abroad, UN staff selflessly carry out their service. Their safety is our priority, " - the Secretary-General said.
The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff is celebrated annually on 25 March, the anniversary of the kidnapping of former journalist Alec Collette, who worked for the United Nations relief Agency for Palestine refugees in the Middle East and was abducted by an armed bandit in 1985. His remains were found only in 2009 in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon.
Since its creation in 1945, the UN has lost hundreds of employees. In recent years, the number of attacks on Un-staff has increased.