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EAFORD - Human Rights in Syria and the Recent Deteriorating Situation in Aleppo-Ms. Lamia Fadla

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Published on Dec 20, 2016

International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (EAFORD)

www.eaford.org

25th special session of the Human Rights Council on the deteriorating situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic, and the recent situation in Aleppo

Delivered by Ms. Lamia Fadla

Thank you Mr. Vice-President,

This special session is held to discuss the current humanitarian situation in Aleppo, which has been suffering from a scourge of fighting between the parties of the conflict as a consequence of the continuing international failure to find a final solution to the Syrian crisis.

There has been no humanitarian access to Aleppo for more than a month. This has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis in the city, which is exposed to an escalating level of violence since the beginning of the fighting. In this regard, we have denounced the continuous shelling of civilian areas and the targeting of public infrastructures, including schools and other educational facilities, as well as, the excessive use of indiscriminate weapons. This has indeed resulted in massacres of women, children, and the elderly and almost entirely ended life in the city. The brutal aerial shelling of hospitals along with the blockade of the few remaining medical supplies is also of grave concern. Furthermore, we condemn the attacks against humanitarian convoys, obstructing and preventing the entry of basic goods to the besieged areas, in clear violation of all international resolutions concerning the improvement of the humanitarian situation in Syria.

Even though in the whole scheme of its responsibility to protect, the international community has to move from words to action, we still hope to come out of this session with a unified position. This shall contribute in finding a solution to the humanitarian crisis and saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in the eastern and western sides of the city, languishing under fire and massive destruction, which is almost wiping Aleppo off the map.

We are facing the largest humanitarian catastrophe of the year. In light of the urgent need for medical evacuation of the sick and wounded, and the delivery of food aid to the hundreds of thousands of people trapped in the city, we call for an immediate intervention. Putting an end to this suffering will not be achieved through international organizations or special sessions and reports. Nevertheless, we hope that this session will reach a unified decision to put an end to the escalating deterioration of the situation so as to help to free civilians from the east and west parts of Aleppo. The civilians of Aleppo and other Syrian cities need protection. All parties to the conflict must be pressured to stop immediately and unconditionally the indiscriminate shelling. Given the necessity to evacuate the injured, we urge the belligerents to respect international humanitarian law, as well as, provide safe corridors and roads for the delivery of humanitarian aid in order to save lives. We also hope that the international community will be able to work harmoniously to find a political solution and end the conflict in Syria in order to restore peace and security.

Thank you.


21 October 2016

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