Syria – France’s initiative at the UN Human Rights Council (June 10, 2014)
On the occasion of the opening of the 26th session of the Human Rights Council, France will host in Geneva today an exceptional event devoted to the tragic situation of those who have disappeared or are being detained in Syrian prisons.
Two international judges, Mr. Desmond de Silva and Professor David Crane, will present the “Caesar Report” which, on the basis of almost 55,000 photos, proves that 11,000 people were murdered after having been tortured or starved in prisons in the suburbs of Damascus. Professor Al Hadjé from the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances and victims of the Syrian regime will also express their views.
In the face of overwhelming evidence of the massive and systematic use of torture by the Syrian regime to terrorize an entire people - which constitutes a crime against humanity -, France, in line with its initiative calling for the Security Council to refer the situation to the International Criminal Court, is continuing to mobilize its efforts to combat impunity in Syria.
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