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Syria/adoption of a resolution at the Human Rights Council

Published on August 24, 2011
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesman

Paris, August 23, 2011

France welcomes the adoption by the Human Rights Council of a new resolution on the human rights situation in Syria. This resolution, which sends a message of firmness and unequivocally condemns the crackdown in Syria, was adopted by a large majority of the Human Rights Council’s member states. It reflects the international community’s growing concern in the face of the crimes committed by the Syrian regime against its own population.

France had campaigned in support of convening this new special session of the Human Rights Council on Syria, which follows on from the one held on 29 April 2011, and in support of the adoption of a substantial resolution. In this respect, France notes that four Arab countries (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait and Qatar) also supported the petition to convene this special session and voted in favour of this resolution.

This text contains positive elements in line with the recommendations made by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in its report on the violations perpetrated by the Syrian regime. It urges the Syrian regime to put an immediate end to the brutal crackdown that it’s perpetrating. In particular, it establishes an international independent commission tasked with investigating the crimes that have been committed, some of which could constitute crimes against humanity, and demands that those responsible for these crimes be brought to justice. It urges the Syrian regime to respect the freedom of the press and to allow unrestricted access to humanitarian teams and supplies.

France is actively working in New York to ensure that the Security Council adopts a sanctions resolution against the Syrian regime.

Syria must cooperate fully with the United Nations. In this respect, the expulsion of a UN humanitarian mission from the city of Homs by the Syrian authorities is unacceptable.

The brutal crackdown and the human rights violations must stop immediately, imprisoned opposition members must be released and a democratic transition must be implemented./.

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