Paris, December 9, 2011
In light of the continued deterioration of the human rights situation in Syria, France wanted Mrs Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to have an opportunity to address the United Nations Security Council. France would like a debate to be initiated at the Security Council in order to address the information provided by the Human Rights Council’s International Commission of Inquiry on 28 November. This report shows that the abuses are even being perpetrated against children and know no boundaries.
Following the United Nations General Assembly on 22 November, the Human Rights Council, which met in special session, sent a strong message to the Syrian regime on 2 December and called for immediate measures to be taken to put an end to the atrocities and authorize humanitarian access to the people in need.
The regime remains deaf to the international community’s appeals and notably to the Arab League’s proposals, which we support. It is refusing to implement the League’s action plan, which, however, it unconditionally accepted on 2 November. We hope that the arrival of Mrs Pillay will create new prospects, in particular with respect to humanitarian access and the deployment of observers on the ground in order to put an end to the attacks against civilians./.