The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted the Syrian Arab Republic’s report on the main causes of crisis in Syria and the challenges resulted from it, submitted within the framework of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the situation of human rights.
The report sheds light on the situation of human rights in Syria, the adopted protection mechanisms and the negative impact of terrorism on all aspects of life and human rights in the country.
Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Hussam Eddin Ala, said that presenting this report within the framework of the comprehensive regular review and Syria’s positivity, honesty and transparency in discussing it affirm its cooperation with objective, indiscriminative mechanisms, its commitment to dialogue and its efforts to enhance human rights in line with the UN Charter and Human Rights Declaration.
He added that the report reviews the main reasons behind the crisis in Syria and the accompanying challenges as well as efforts exerted by the country to deal with these challenges with special indication to the big role of regional-backed terrorism in depriving the Syrian people from their rights and the negative effects of unjust unilateral procedures on basic rights, particularly nutrition and health.
Ambassador Ala said that Syria has welcomed and agreed all the constructive notes and recommendations presented by states which abided by the standards of the UPR mechanism that is based on dialogue, cooperation and non-interference in other states’ internal affairs.
He condemned the attempts of some states which tried to exploit the mechanism to politicize the issue and take the human rights as a pretext to adopt hostile policies towards certain states.
The Ambassador said that the terrorist crimes which claimed the lives of dozens of victims in Damascus leave no doubt the need to give counterterrorism the priority and force states which back terrorism in Syria to halt their support to the terrorist organizations and comply with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
In conclusion, Ala laid stress on Syria’s commitment to reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria that is based on Syrian-Syrian dialogue which guarantees the Syrian people’s right to decide their destiny without any foreign intervention and preserve Syria’s sovereignty, safety and territorial integrity.