Syria conflict threatens region: Qatar

March 19, 2014 - 4:23:01 am

DOHA/GENEVA:  Qatar yesterday warned against an escalation of sectarian violence outside the Syrian borders holding the Syrian regime responsible for creating a threat to the security and stability of the neighbouring countries.

The Syrian regime is the first party responsible for such acts of sectarian violence and has encouraged them for weakening the great Syrian popular revolution bearing slogans of freedom and dignity to the entire Syrian people, Faisal bin Abdullah Al Henzab, Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the UN office in Geneva said yesterday.

He was addressing the 25th session of the Human Rights Council Article 4 on Interactive Dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.

Al Henzab has called on the international community to pressure the Syrian regime to stop it challenging the international resolutions and work seriously to reach a political settlement based on implementation of the Geneva 1 statement with special emphasis on establishing a transitional government.

He also called for taking all necessary measures and procedures to hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations and bringing them to justice. 

“It has been clear before the entire world that the Syrian regime is the sole party practising terrorism against  innocent Syrians, committing the most heinous crimes and massacres, using starvation policies to kneel down the Syrian people and destroying Syria through the use of all the internationally prohibited chemical and heavy weapons along with the terroristic bomb barrels,” said Al Henzab.

He said that this is the fact which created a proper environment that helped the extremist groups to cement their presence amid the chaos which the Syrian regime has disseminated believing it would enable it to remain in power forever.

The Qatari diplomat wondered how the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic was going to deal with the report of the Carter - Ruck office. 

Such a report enjoys high credibility and worked out by three former international prosecutors with conclusive proof that the Syrian regime was carrying out killings and torture on a large scale and in a systematic manner. The commission was established with a mandate to investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law since March 2011 in the Syrian Arab Republic. 

The Commission was also tasked to establish the facts and circumstances that may amount to such violations and of the crimes perpetrated and, where possible, to identify those responsible with a view of ensuring that perpetrators of violations, including those that may constitute crimes against humanity, are held accountable.

On 1 June 2012, the Human Rights Council mandated the commission to “urgently conduct a comprehensive, independent and unfettered special inquiry” into the events in Al Houlah.

The commission presented a preliminary report on June 26 and reported its findings to the council on September 17. 

The council again extended the commission’s mandate until March 2013, expanding its mandate to include investigation into all massacres. 

The Peninsula

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