UN adviser expresses outrage at civilian attacks in Syria

Orient Net - Agencies 2016-05-10 05:20:00

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The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed his outrage Monday at the ongoing "indiscriminate and seemingly calculated" attacks against civilians and civilian objects in Syria.

These attacks on medical facilities reflect the continued blatant disrespect of international humanitarian law, and may constitute war crimes, the Special Adviser stated. "The international community cannot allow the perpetrators of flagrant violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law to enjoy impunity."

Mr. Dieng emphasized that just a few days ago, in its Resolution 2286 on health care in armed conflict, the Security Council had reiterated the need for Member States to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law and ensure that responsible parties are held to account, China.org.cn reported.

"It is crucial that the Council consistently apply this principle," he stressed.

Specifically, Mr. Dieng noted that the attack against the Al Quds Hospital on 27 April reportedly killed 55 civilians, including the last paediatrician in the city, while on 5 May, an attack on the Kamouna Internally Displaced Persons camp in northern Idlib governorate killed at least 30 civilians.

"Member States have a duty not to fail the Syrian people yet again and to uphold their pledge to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing," the Special Adviser said.

In this respect, he said that the international community should "step up its commitment" to end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes in Syria and thus contribute to preventing new atrocities from being committed.

"For this reason, I strongly support the Secretary-General’s repeated calls to the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court," Mr. Dieng said, UN News Center reported.

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