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Qatar has called for the need to continue to document violations and crimes in Syria and welcomed all efforts at all levels to ensure accountability for all those responsible for violations and crimes committed against the Syrian people.
This is reflected in the State of Qatar’s statement by its Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva, HE Ambassador Ali Khalfan Al Mansouri, to the Human Rights Council during an interactive dialog with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry into the Syrian Arab Republic.
Ambassador Ali Khalfan said that ten years have passed and that the Syrian people are still struggling to achieve justice, freedom and dignity, and find nothing but death, destruction and displacement under a regime that sought to transform the peaceful revolution into an armed conflict in which many gross violations of human rights and the most heinous crimes have been committed. He noted that the regime attacked the Syrian people with internationally prohibited chemical weapons, targeted hospitals and civilian facilities, and deliberately used arbitrary detention and torture for the sole purpose of staying in power, even if the price was the lives and livelihoods of millions of innocent Syrian citizens.
Ambassador Ali Khalfan reiterated the assertion of the State of Qatar that the insistence of the Syrian regime and its allies on obstructing efforts to find a political solution based on the Geneva 1 Statement and Resolution 2254, on thwarting the work of the Constitutional Committee and on pursuing a military solution, has led to a significant deterioration in the human rights situation. It has also led to an increase in instability in the region and has contributed to the creation of new humanitarian, economic and social challenges, especially given the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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