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Human Rights Council. Interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

The Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in Geneva, Minister Marie Sol Fulci, intervened today at the Interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, presided by Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, during the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council. She thanked the Commission of Inquiry for its report and expressed strong concern for the ongoing systematic human rights abuses in Syria.

Minister Fulci stated that Italy remains deeply concerned by the massive scale of abuses the Syrian people has suffered since 2011, in particular by the widespread use of arbitrary detention, torture or inhuman and degrading treatment, including sexual and gender-based violence, as well as the continuous violations of the international humanitarian obligations and the systematic and deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian objects, including schools and medical facilities.

Minister Fulci reiterated the call to all parties to fully comply to International Humanitarian Law and he underlined the need to fight against impunity and hold accountable all perpetrators of grave human rights violations. Lastly, while expressing continuous support for the work of the Commission of Inquiry in Syria, she reiterated that accountability is a prerequisite of a sustainable, inclusive and peaceful conclusion to the conflict.

Read the full statement here