GENEVA / COI SYRIA

15-Mar-2017 00:01:29
After almost six years of conflict, warring parties to the Syrian conflict continue to target civilians, according to the latest report presented Tuesday by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / COI SYRIA
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14 MARCH 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, Human Rights Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic:
“The scale of the violations across Syria by all parties, by all parties, that we have documented over the past six months show that the trends of Aleppo bore out in other parts of the country, proving that the possibility of military victory is entirely mistaken. There is only one way to end this conflict, we are repeating that for the last six years, and to stop the suffering of Syrian men, women and children. And that is for the parties, to all warring parties, to come to the table and engage in genuine and constructive political dialogue”.
4. Close up, delegate
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic:
“Perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity must be held to account. This is not negotiable”.
6. Wide shot, Human Rights Room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic:
“It is also the duty and obligation of Member States to protect Syrians who have been forced to leave their homes to escape the violence. Forced to leave their country to escape the violence, leaving most of their possessions behind, more than 6 and half million Syrians now live as refugees. Many have died attempting to flee”.
8. Wide shot, delegates
STORYLINE
After almost six years of conflict, warring parties to the Syrian conflict continue to target civilians, according to the latest report presented Tuesday (14 Mar) by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the Syrian Arab Republic to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic said “the scale of the violations across Syria by all parties, by all parties, that we have documented over the past six months show that the trends of Aleppo bore out in other parts of the country, proving that the possibility of military victory is entirely mistaken.”

He added “there is only one way to end this conflict, we are repeating that for the last six years, and to stop the suffering of Syrian men, women and children. And that is for the parties, to all warring parties, to come to the table and engage in genuine and constructive political dialogue.”

In a report based on 326 interviews, the Commission examines in detail the conduct of all warring parties, documenting human rights abuses and war crimes committed across Syria from 21 July 2016 to 28 February 2017. Government and pro-Government forces continued to conduct airstrikes to attack protected objects and vital civilian infrastructure including hospitals, schools and water stations. Hundreds of civilians were killed in these attacks, which were intended to deprive the population of basic goods and services essential to their survival.

In one of the most vicious attacks investigated by the Commission, the Syrian Air Force deliberately targeted a school complex in Idlib which killed 21 children and injured another 61.

Pinheiro stressed that “perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity must be held to account. This is not negotiable”.

Over six million Syrians are internally displaced, almost half of whom are children.

Pinheiro also said “it is also the duty and obligation of Member States to protect Syrians who have been forced to leave their homes to escape the violence. Forced to leave their country to escape the violence, leaving most of their possessions behind, more than 6 and half million Syrians now live as refugees. Many have died attempting to flee.”

According to its latest report, the Commission of Inquiry said that Government and pro-government forces continue to use prohibited weapons including cluster munitions, incendiary weapons and chlorine canisters on civilian-inhabited areas, further illustrating their complete disregard for civilian life and international law.

Terrorist groups Jabhat Fatah-al-Sham and the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continue to carry out summary executions of civilians, including women accused of adultery and homosexual men and boys.
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