Statement by Mr. Alain Juppé, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs
France welcomes the adoption by the Human Rights Council of a resolution on the human rights situation in Syria at the special session convened today with our support. This vote confirms, once again, the international isolation of Bashar al-Assad’s regime which is continuing to flout human rights.
This resolution, adopted by a very large majority, notably with the support of all Arab League States that are members of the Council, draws all the consequences of the International Commission of Inquiry’s damning report, published on Monday, which indicates that the scale of the crackdown is such that it amounts to crimes against humanity.
The text unequivocally condemns the crackdown in Syria which has left more than 4,000 people dead in 8 months, and all of the human rights violations perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad’s regime against its own population. It urges the Syrian authorities to immediately ensure that humanitarian actors have access to the populations in order to assist them.
A mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Syria has been established. It will allow a UN expert to continuously monitor the situation and to inform the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council.
Through this resolution, the Human Rights Council also expresses its full support for the efforts of the League of Arab States, by requesting the UN Secretary-General to support its initiatives, in particular the sending of observers to Syria.
Lastly, it recommends that the Commission’s report be examined by the main UN bodies and it is forwarding the Commission of Inquiry’s report to the UN General Secretariat for action and transmission to the relevant UN bodies.
In light of the extreme seriousness of the situation, France demands that all necessary follow-up measures be swiftly taken with respect to this resolution. It is more determined than ever to increase pressure on the regime in order to bring an end to the crackdown and to ensure that a democratic transition is initiated in Syria.
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