Qatar Submits Draft Resolution to U.N. on Human Rights Violations in Syria

New York, November 09 - Qatar has presented a draft resolution to the U.N. General Assembly's Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee) regarding human rights violations in Syria.

HE Ambassador Sheikha Aliaa Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, Qatar's permanent representative to the United Nations, made the remarks as she addressed the committee, saying that the situation amounts to war crimes and violates international humanitarian law.

She added that the situation there is deteriorating six years after the start of the conflict and the suffering of the Syrian people continues as civilians are deprived from basic human rights.

The Qatari diplomat went over the draft resolution that she described as balanced and objective, saying that it reflected the recent developments in Syria as it pointed to the recent escalation in attacks against civilians in Aleppo and besieged areas. It also calls for reactivating the agreement on ceasing hostilities and urges all sides, particularly the Syrian regime, to stop attacks against civilians and residential areas, the ambassador said.

The draft resolution condemns the forced displacement of the Syrian people, and expresses concern about the results of this policy on the demographics of the country. It also deplores the horrific attack that targeted a U.N. aid convoy on September 19.

Sheikha Aliaa Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani said the draft resolution stresses on a political solution for the Syrian crisis and calls for a peaceful transition of power based on the Geneva Communique and relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The ambassador presented the draft resolution on behalf of Qatar, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Kuwait, Micronesia, Morocco, Palau, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, Britain, the United States, Comoros, Georgia, Germany, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Oman, Macedonia and Yemen.