Spokesman for the Syrian Coalition Salem al-Meslet welcomes the United Nations Human Rights Council’s adoption of a resolution condemning the violation of human rights and grave humanitarian situation in Syria as well as Assad’s deliberate targeting of civilians by and acts of violence which ignite sectarian tensions.
The draft resolution was submitted by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Turkey, the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Britain.
The resolution also condemns destruction and systematic looting of the cultural heritage of Syria and, smuggling of cultural property, and execution and torture of detainees, calling on the Assad regime to give the International Commission of Inquiry unfettered access to all parts of Syria to carry out its mandate.
The resolution reaffirms the Human Rights Council’s strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria, welcoming the work of the International Commission of Inquiry and pointing to the importance of the evidence and information gathered to support accountability efforts in the future.
Moreover, the resolution condemns the gross systematic widespread human rights violations committed by the Assad regime and its allied militias and foreign fighters especially the militias of Hezbollah, Assaeb Ahl al-Haq Brigade and Abu Fadl al Abbas Brigade.
Resolution also condemned the use of sexual violence and torture in the dungeons of the security services prisons, calling for the Assad regime to allow immediate international monitoring bodies to visit prisons and detention centers, and make a list of their positions.
The resolution also condemned acts of terrorism and violence committed by ISIS and extremist groups against civilians, pointing out that terrorism and acts of violence are not linked to any religion, civilization or nationality. It decries grave violations against children and women, and all acts of violence against persons on the basis of their religious or ethnic affiliation, calling for respect for international law and stressing the need to bring to account all those responsible for violations of international law. It calls for expediting the process of accountability, pointing to the importance of the role of the International Criminal Court in this regard.
The resolution expressed concern about the increasing number of internally displaced people inside Syria and the refugees fleeing violence, praising efforts of neighboring host countries and pointing to the social and economic consequences on these countries. (Source: Syrian Coalition)