Paris, December 2, 2011
France welcomes the adoption by the Human Rights Council of a resolution on the human rights situation in Syria at the special session convened today with our support. This vote confirms, once again, the international isolation of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which is continuing to flout human rights.
This resolution, adopted by a very large majority, notably with the support of all the Arab League states that are members of the Council, takes on board all the consequences of the International Commission of Inquiry’s damning report, published on Monday, which considers that the scale of the crackdown is such that it amounts to a crime against humanity.
The text unequivocally condemns the crackdown in Syria – which has left more than 4,000 people dead in eight months – and all of the human rights violations perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad’s regime against its own people. It urges the Syrian authorities to immediately ensure that humanitarian players have access to the people in order to assist them.
A Special Rapporteur’s mandate on the human rights situation in Syria has been established. It will allow a United Nations expert to continuously monitor the situation and inform the United Nations General Assembly and the Human Rights Council.
Through this resolution, the Human Rights Council also expresses its full support for the efforts of the League of Arab States, by asking the United Nations Secretary-General to support its initiatives, in particular the sending of observers to Syria.
Lastly, it recommends that the Commission’s report be examined by the main United Nations bodies and it is forwarding the Commission of Inquiry’s report to the United Nations General Secretariat for action and transmission to the relevant UN bodies.
In light of the extreme seriousness of the situation, France calls for all necessary follow-up measures to be swiftly taken with respect to this resolution. She is more determined than ever to increase pressure on the regime to bring an end to the crackdown and ensure that a democratic transition is initiated in Syria./.