France condemns violations in Syria published in report

Syria – Publication of the Pinheiro Commission’s report on the Aleppo offensive – Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson

Paris, 1 March 2017

The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria has published a report documenting the serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Aleppo between July and December 2016, notably by the regime and its supporters. France condemns all of the violations, some of which may constitute war crimes.

Since the start of the conflict, France has called on the parties – first and foremost the Syrian regime – to assume their responsibility to protect the civilian populations in Syria. It reaffirms that it was on its initiative that, in the face of a dire humanitarian emergency, the UN Security Council adopted, on 19 December 2016, Resolution 2328, notably in order to respond to the needs of the population of Aleppo.

France actively supports the work of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry, which is key to preparing the work of the judiciary. Its mandate must be renewed by the Human Rights Council in March 2017.

Indeed, the perpetrators of these atrocities must be brought to justice. France remains committed to combating impunity for all crimes committed in Syria./.

Published on 06/03/2017

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