Syria - UN Commission of Inquiry (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - October 25, 2012)
A : France reaffirms its wholehearted support for the UN International Independent Commission of Inquiry. The work of this commission will be critical in combating the impunity of those responsible for the crimes perpetrated in Syria.
In accordance with the mandate conferred upon it by the UN Human Rights Council, which was extended until March 2013, the commission is continuing its work to investigate the crimes and human rights violations in Syria. As it indicated in its report published on August 15, 2012, the commission has gathered enough evidence to demonstrate that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in Syria.
These conclusions are based on thousands of testimonies from the victims of these abuses and the actors involved in the conflict, but the regime has consistently refused to allow the commission access to the Syrian territory in spite of its repeated appeals.
We recommend that you contact the commission to find out more about the next steps that it’s likely to take.