The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has succeeded, along with more than 50 countries, in adopting a resolution that sheds light on the human rights situation in Syria and condemns the Assad regime’s continued execution of detainees.
Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Mouallemi, said that as the years go by, the suffering of the Syrian people and the oppression of civilians continue unabated. He was speaking before the Third Committee on item (70 C), the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
Al-Mouallemi added that if the locations, places and methods of oppression have changed in Syria, the suffering is still the same. He said that statements made by the UN Secretary-General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights indicated that crimes against humanity and war crimes in Syria are still ongoing.
Al-Mouallemi pointed out that the conditions condemned by previous resolutions on the human rights situation in Syria still exist, including the displacement of nearly six million people to outside Syria and the displacement of nearly seven million people inside the country as well as the use of internationally prohibited weapons.
The latest reports by the United Nations held the Assad regime responsible for the vast majority of violations in Syria, Al-Mouallemi said, stressing that this draft resolution condemns the continued killing of detainees in the prisons run by the Assad regime’s military intelligence.
Al-Mouallemi pointed out that the draft resolution welcomes the agreement to establish the Constitutional Committee in Syria and the launch of its work. He said that the Committee gave a glimmer of hope to move forward to a political solution ending the suffering of the Syrian people and ensuring the safe, dignified, and voluntary return of refugees in accordance with international standards. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)