UN Human Rights Council 41st Session – Syrian Arab Republic

UN Human Rights Council 41st Session
Item 4 – ID with the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
2 July 2019

Intervention by ESTONIA

Mr. President,

Estonia aligns itself with the EU statement.

We commend the Commission of Inquiry for its invaluable work.

We are extremely concerned about the continued fighting in the Idlib de-escalation area, especially attacks to medical facilities, causing severe impact to civilians and civilian casualties. It is vital to uphold the ceasefire in Idlib in order to prevent further escalation and possible new wave of refugees and humanitarian disaster. Continuing air strikes by the Syrian Governemnt and its allied forces, could also harm the prospects for the political process.

We strongly condemn all violations and abuses of international human rights law and violations of international humanitarian law committed by all parties to the conflict. After more than eight years of conflict, civilians, including women and children continue to suffer of the effects of a general absence of the rule of law, of violence and lack of safe refuge.

We call on all parties involved to cooperate fully with the Human Rights Council and the Commission of Inquiry by granting the Commission immediate, full and unfettered access throughout the Syrian Arab Republic. It is critically important to end human suffering in Syria and to ensure unhindered and safe access of humanitarian assistance.

We call on the Syrian Arab Republic to cooperate with the OPCW to resolve all outstanding concerns regarding chemical weapons in expedited manner. We thank the OHCHR and the Commission for continued remote monitoring of human rights violations in Syria and remain supportive of the need to refer the situation of Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Thank you!