OHCHR / SYRIA BACHELET

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet updated the Human Rights Council on the extent of conflict-related deaths in the Syrian Arab Republic, presenting a list of 350,209 identified individuals killed in the conflict in Syria between March 2011 to March 2021.OHCHR

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DATELINE: 24 SEPTEMBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE

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1. Aerial shot, Palais Wilson

24 SEPTEMBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“We have compiled a list of 350,209 identified individuals killed in the conflict in Syria between March 2011 to March 2021.”

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3. Aerial shot, Palais Wilson

24 SEPTEMBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“Over one in every 13 was a woman – 26,727 women in all. Almost one in every 13 was a child: 27,126 children, to be exact.”

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5. Aerial shot, Palais Wilson

24 SEPTEMBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“The greatest number of documented killings was recorded in the Governorate of Aleppo, with 51,731 named individuals killed.”

FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

7. Aerial shot, Palais Wilson

24 SEPTEMBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“Other locations with very heavy death tolls were Rural Damascus, with 47,483 deaths; Homs, with 40,986 deaths; Idlib, with 33,271 deaths; Hama, 31,993 deaths; and Tartus, which lost 31,369 people. Behind each recorded death was a human being, born free and equal, in dignity and rights. We must always make victims’ stories visible, both individually and collectively, because the injustice and horror of each of these deaths should compel us to action.”

FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

9. Aerial shot, Palais Wilson

24 SEPTEMBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“We assess this figure of 350,209 as statistically sound, based as it is on rigorous work. But it is not – and should not be seen as – a complete number of conflict-related killings in Syria during this period. It indicates a minimum verifiable number, and is certainly an under-count of the actual number of killings. The records that we have received with only partial information – and which were therefore excluded from our analysis – indicate the existence of a wider number of killings that as yet have not been fully documented. Tragically, there are also many other victims who left behind no witnesses or documentation as to their deaths, and whose stories we have not yet been able to uncover. Excellencies my Office has begun processing information on the actors alleged to have caused a number of deaths, together with the civilian and non-civilian status of victims, as well as the cause of death by types of weaponry.”

FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

11. Aerial shot, Palais Wilson

24 SEPTEMBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“Documenting the identity of and circumstances in which people have died is key to the effective realization of a range of fundamental human rights – to know the truth, to seek accountability, and to pursue effective remedies. It can also facilitate survivors' access to education, health-care and property.”

FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

13. Aerial shot, Palais Wilson

24 SEPTEMBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“Given the vast number of missing persons in Syria, I restate my call for the creation of an independent mechanism, with a strong international mandate, to clarify the fate and whereabouts of missing people; identify human remains; and provide support to relatives.”

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15. Aerial shot, Palais Wilson

STORYLINE:

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday updated the Human Rights Council on the extent of conflict-related deaths in the Syrian Arab Republic, presenting a list of 350,209 identified individuals killed in the conflict in Syria between March 2011 to March 2021.

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“We have compiled a list of 350,209 identified individuals killed in the conflict in Syria between March 2011 to March 2021.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“Over one in every 13 was a woman – 26,727 women in all. Almost one in every 13 was a child: 27,126 children, to be exact.”

In 2013 and 2014, the UN Human Rights Office commissioned three statistical analyses of conflict-related deaths in Syria. However, the situation in Syria that year grew more complex and dangerous, affecting the Office’s capacity to maintain the required quality and verification standards, and the decision was taken to suspend the work. In March 2021, a UN Human Rights Council resolution requested the Office to resume its work to fully assess the number of people killed as a result of 10 years of conflict.

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“The greatest number of documented killings was recorded in the Governorate of Aleppo, with 51,731 named individuals killed.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“Other locations with very heavy death tolls were Rural Damascus, with 47,483 deaths; Homs, with 40,986 deaths; Idlib, with 33,271 deaths; Hama, 31,993 deaths; and Tartus, which lost 31,369 people. Behind each recorded death was a human being, born free and equal, in dignity and rights. We must always make victims’ stories visible, both individually and collectively, because the injustice and horror of each of these deaths should compel us to action.”

In its update to the Human Rights Council at its 48th session, OHCHR informed the Council that it has complied a list of 350,209 identified individuals killed in the Syrian conflict between March 2011 to March 2021. OHCHR has also begun processing information on the actors alleged to have caused the deaths, the civilian status of casualties, and the cause of death by weapon type.

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“We assess this figure of 350,209 as statistically sound, based as it is on rigorous work. But it is not – and should not be seen as – a complete number of conflict-related killings in Syria during this period. It indicates a minimum verifiable number, and is certainly an under-count of the actual number of killings. The records that we have received with only partial information – and which were therefore excluded from our analysis – indicate the existence of a wider number of killings that as yet have not been fully documented. Tragically, there are also many other victims who left behind no witnesses or documentation as to their deaths, and whose stories we have not yet been able to uncover. Excellencies my Office has begun processing information on the actors alleged to have caused a number of deaths, together with the civilian and non-civilian status of victims, as well as the cause of death by types of weaponry.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“Documenting the identity of and circumstances in which people have died is key to the effective realization of a range of fundamental human rights – to know the truth, to seek accountability, and to pursue effective remedies. It can also facilitate survivors' access to education, health-care and property.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“Given the vast number of missing persons in Syria, I restate my call for the creation of an independent mechanism, with a strong international mandate, to clarify the fate and whereabouts of missing people; identify human remains; and provide support to relatives.”

The statistical work undertaken builds on previous efforts. In 2013 and 2014, OHCHR commissioned three statistical analyses of documented killings in Syria.1 However, the situation in Syria in 2014 grew more complex and dangerous, which affected its capacity to maintain the required standards of quality and verification and led to the suspension of this work. In 2019, OHCHR reinforced its capacity to monitor and investigate incidents involving civilian casualties and resumed the statistical analysis to include Syria in its global reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals indicator on conflict-related deaths.
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