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UNGA resolution on human rights in Syria

UNGA resolution on human rights in Syria

Published on November 22, 2011
Statement by Alain Juppé, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, November 22, 2011

France welcomes the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption, by a very large majority, of a resolution condemning the human rights situation in Syria. The resolution, co-sponsored by more than 60 states, was supported by 122 states.

For several months the regime has been carrying out a brutal crackdown against its population in which more than 3,500 people have been killed and tens of thousands taken prisoner; against the latter, torture is commonly used. This situation is absolutely intolerable. Bashar al-Assad’s regime has remained deaf to the appeals of a growing number of countries and international and regional organizations. It is continuing its brutality.

This vote illustrates the international community’s strong mobilization to condemn these grave and persistent human rights violations committed by the Syrian regime, demand an immediate end to the violence against civilians and call on Syria to allow the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Human Rights Council to do its work on the ground.

This resolution also asks the United Nations Secretary-General to back the observation mission of the Arab League, whose mobilization and efforts we support.

France strongly calls on the Syrian regime to heed the UN’s message and act accordingly without delay.

In view of the extreme gravity of the situation, France will pursue her efforts, in every forum concerned, to stop the human rights violations and the brutality against civilians in Syria./.

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