HRC 46th Session - Item 4 - Interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

HRC46: After 10 years conflict, the Nordic-Baltic states stress the continued need to support the Syrian people

Interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry 
on the Syrian Arab Republic 

Intervention by Denmark, on behalf of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden

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I have the honor to speak on behalf of the Nordic and Baltic countries.
The conflict in Syria has raged for 10 years, proving that only a political solution in line with UNSCR 2254 can lead Syria towards sustainable peace. 

The CoI-report documents systematic violations and abuses of human rights and IHL, especially by the regime and its allies, but also by non-state actors. We agree with the CoI that a nationwide and permanent ceasefire is needed to prevent increasing levels of inhumanity, and that justice and accountability are central to any durable peace. 

We must continue to support the Syrian population. Safe, sustained, and unimpeded humanitarian access remains vital. It is crucial that the Security Council extends and expands the resolution on cross-border access for humanitarian assistance in July. We must also continue to support refugees and IDPs. The obstacles to their safe, voluntary and dignified return remain. 

We are deeply concerned by reports of continued arbitrary detention and torture by the regime. 

Commissioners; we must not let the Syrian crisis be forgotten. What is - in your opinion – the best way to ensure that the rights of the Syrian people remain on the international agenda?

Thank you.