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Denmark deeply concerned with ongoing violations of fundamental human rights in Syria

13.03.2018  15:41

Item 4: Interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
Human Rights Council
37th session
13 March 2018
Intervention by Denmark

Mr. President,
Denmark aligns itself with the EU statement.
Denmark thanks the Commission for its latest report and for its dedicated work for the past six years. The independent and impartial documenting of serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Syria are vital in our attempts to ensure accountability.
The day after tomorrow marks the 7th year of conflict in Syria. We need not remind any of those present today, that this is not a joyous anniversary. We are distraught beyond words by the continued plight of the Syrian people, who for 7 years now, have been deliberately targeted through unlawful means and methods of warfare.

Mr President,
It seems that we have yet to learn from the history of this conflict. What we have been witnessing in Eastern Ghouta brings back clear and painful memories of what we saw in Aleppo. A distraught civilian population suffering the most abhorrent atrocities, at the hands of those who should be protecting them.
We are deeply concerned by the continued deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure. The latest report by the Commission also reports the regime’s continued use of chemical weapons and cluster munitions. We strongly condemn the Syrian regime’s unrelenting use of sieges and blocking of humanitarian aid.. We need not remind the Council, that these acts constitute severe breaches of international humanitarian law and may well amount to war crimes.
Accountability will be key to ensuring lasting peace in Syria. We strongly support the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) as a driving force to ensure justice in Syria. We urge others, both states and non-state actors, to support and work with the mechanism as well.

Mr President,
The international community has a responsibility to bring the nightmare unfolding in Syria to an end. Therefore, Denmark lends it full support to the UN Special Envoy, Staffan de Mistura, in his endeavour to find agreement on a political transition process, as stipulated in UN Security Council Resolution 2254. We call on the Syrian regime to commit to the negotiations and we urge the supporters of the regime to use their influence to this end.

Thank you,