Ashton calls for UN special session on Syria human rights

The EU is calling for a special session of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss the situation in Syria, following the publication of the report of the independent International Commission of inquiry, which identifies widespread violations of human rights in the country, including crimes against humanity.
In a statement issued late yesterday, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton welcomed the publication of the Commission’s report, saying she was gravely concerned by its alarming findings.
She said the Commission of Inquiry had identified widespread and systemic violations of human rights of civilians by the state and its armed and security forces, based on numerous credible first hand reports: “The Commission of Inquiry concluded that members of the Syrian military and security forces have committed crimes against humanity in 2011,” she said.
Ashton condemned “in the strongest terms the brutal repression by the government of Syria against its own people, which has led to such appalling crimes”, saying the EU had continuously pressed for strong action at all UN bodies to put an end to violence and human rights violations in Syria.
She also welcomed the decision by the Arab League to impose a range of restrictive measures against the Syrian government, before concluding that, “given the gravity of the situation and the urgency for the international community to respond, the EU is now calling for a Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council.” (ENPI Info Centre)
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Ashton statement
ENPI Info Centre – Ashton meets Syrian opposition representatives
European External Action Service – Frequently Asked Questions on EU restrictive measures against the Syrian regime
ENPI Info Centre webpage – Syria

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