Qatar has presented a draft resolution to the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee) regarding human rights violations in Syria.
Aliaa Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, Qatar’s permanent representative to the United Nations, made the remarks as she addressed the committee on Tuesday, saying that the situation amounts to war crimes and violates international humanitarian law.
Al-Thani added that the situation there is deteriorating six years after the start of the conflict and the suffering of the Syrian people continues as civilians are deprived from basic human rights.
The Qatari diplomat went over the draft resolution that she described as balanced and objective, saying that it reflected the recent developments in Syria as it pointed to the recent escalation in attacks against civilians in Aleppo and besieged areas.
The draft resolution condemned the forced displacement of the Syrian people, and expressed concern about the results of this policy on the demographics of the country. It also deplored the horrific attack that targeted a UN aid convoy on September 19.
The draft resolution would have the General Assembly express its outrage at the escalation of violence in Syria and demand that the Assad regime and the ISIS extremist group immediately cease the use of chemical weapons.
Moreover, the draft resolution condemned sexual violence, abuse against children, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention, torture, the blocking of humanitarian aid, and the indiscriminate attacks on Syrian civilians. It also stressed the importance of accountability for violations of international law in Syria.
The draft resolution addressed the emergence of extremism in the region, condemning all terrorist acts and violations committed by any party to the conflict, especially ISIS, the foreign militias fighting alongside regime forces, the terrorist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and other extremist groups. (Source: Agencies)