The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - August 19, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Syria – Amnesty International report on Syrian prisons (August 18, 2016)

◢  Turkey – Attacks (August 18, 2016)

◢  World Humanitarian Day (August 19, 2016)

Syria – Amnesty International report on Syrian prisons (August 18, 2016)

The Amnesty International report on Syrian prisons published on August 18, which describes the regimeís widespread use of torture, is damning.

France condemns the unconscionable violence inflicted by the Syrian regime on thousands of arbitrarily detained persons, notably in Saydnaya Prison.

This report reaffirms once again—following the Caesar file—the barbarity of Bashar al-Assad's regime.

France reaffirms its commitment to combating—notably in all international forums—impunity for the crimes committed in Syria.

Turkey – Attacks (August 18, 2016)

France condemns the three terrorist attacks carried out in Turkey within a matter of hours which killed a large number police officers and civilians and injured hundreds of others.

We extend our condolences to the victims' families and express our wholehearted solidarity with the Turkish authorities and people.

World Humanitarian Day (August 19, 2016)

On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, France pays tribute to humanitarian workers, who provide relief and protection to populations in need all over the world, notably to the 65 million people who have been forced to leave their homes.

Humanitarian personnel, who work in increasingly difficult conditions, often at great personal risk, continue to be deliberately targeted. States have a responsibility to facilitate their work and ensure that everyone in their territory complies with international law and the principles of humanitarian action. Those who violate international law or humanitarian principles must not go unpunished.

The safety of humanitarian workers must be guaranteed. France is taking action on the ground with all of its partners. It is mobilized within the UN Security Council, which has adopted resolutions to this effect. We called on the international community to protect humanitarian workers and to fully respect international law, notably at the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in December 2015 and at the first world Humanitarian Summit in May 2016.

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