The majority of UN member states, which voted in favor of a draft resolution condemning the Assad regime’s violations of human rights, demanded strict measures to ensure the destruction of Assad’s chemical weapons program.
The resolution condemned the widespread and systematic violations of human rights by the Assad regime and its militias. It stressed the need to establish strict measures to ensure the complete destruction of the Assad regime’s cache of chemical weapons and to prevent any further use of these weapons. It also condemned the mass forced displacement of civilians in Syria.
Qatar’s UN representative, Alya Ahmed Al-Thani, said that international community is morally and legally obliged to put an end to the violations committed by all parties to the conflict in Syria, especially by the Assad regime and the ISIS extremist group.
In response to remarks by the Assad regime’s UN representative, Al-Thani said that attempts by the Iranian regime’s UN representative would not discourage Qatar from fulfilling its legal and moral responsibilities towards the situation of human rights in Syria.
“We fully support the draft resolution’s calls for putting an end to human rights violations and the culture of impunity in Syria,”Al-Thani said. “Those responsible for violations and crimes must be prosecuted according to provisions of international law.”
The UN draft resolution condemned the systematic violations that have been committed against Syrian civilians since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution in 2011, holding the Assad regime responsible for violence.
The resolution demanded foreign fighters in Syria to leave, mainly referring to the Quds Force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Iran-backed Hezbollah militia.
Saudi Arabia’s representative to the United Nations Abdullah al-Maalami accused the Iranian regime of pursuing a sectarian approach in Syria by emptying whole cities and towns of their indigenous population and replacing them with sectarian groups in what amounts to sectarian cleansing. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)