Syria – Report by the UN Commission of Inquiry (March 5, 2014)
The International Commission of Inquiry on human rights violations in Syria has just published its report on the period from July 15, 2013, to January 20, 2014, a period marked by an intensification of the conflict.
This report, which is based on more than 550 testimonies, notably denounces the regime’s strategy of besieging towns and use of starvation as a method of warfare, as well as the prolonged aerial bombing campaigns – that are both disproportionate and indiscriminate – against populated areas. Following resolution 2139 which condemns these practices, this report sets out the despicable methods used by the regime that are contrary to international humanitarian law and human rights and which France has always denounced.
France denounces the war crimes and the crimes against humanity committed in Syria, and supports the commission of inquiry’s demand that the matter be referred to the International Criminal Court. Combating the sense of impunity that is spreading in Syria is critical.
To that end, France will support, at the Human Rights Council, the renewal of the mandate of this commission, whose work is essential in order to document these crimes in an independent manner.