SYRIA / COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

16-Jan-2019 00:03:02
In a review by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Syrian Government said the "dirty war" by armed terrorist groups on is country made Syrian children both "a target and a means." OHCHR / FILE
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STORY: SYRIA / COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
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SOURCE: OHCHR / FILE
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ ARABIC/ NATS

DATELINE: 15 JANUARY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND /FILE
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OHCHR - RECENT – GENEVA

1. Aerial shot, Palais Wilson

OHCHR - 15 JANUARY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND /FILE

2. Wide shot, Committee on the Rights of the child
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hussam Edin Aala, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations in Geneva:
“In the context of its dirty war, the children of Syria were both a target and a means. He armed terrorist groups exploited their blood through indiscriminate bombings and shelling which targeted their schools, homes, and daily lives. This made them the main victim of their crimes.”
4. Wide shot, Committee in session
5. Zoom in, Syrian ambassador holding picture of the child Omran Daqneesh, an “icon of the Syrian war”
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Benyam Dawit Mezmur,Coordinator of the Committee on the Rights of the Child:
“The issue of besiegement and there have been a number of, again verified reports, that clearly indicate that, for instance water used as a weapon of war – as part of siege tactics. For instance, I can mention that access to safe water was cut; the main source for East Ghouta was reportedly in a place called Darit Al a Sad under the Government of Syria control – which was reportedly switched off and which ultimately led to the number of malnutrition, diseases and a whole range of violations on children. We are interested in hearing from the State party how it views itself, reconciling its obligation under the Convention.”
8. Wide shot, Committee in session
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hussam Edin Aala Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations in Geneva:
“I do not think that the time allotted to us is enough to answer these questions. This must be taken into account in assessing our discussions. On a second note, some of the questions that were asked are charged and based on impartial considerations and reports against the Government of Syria.”

FILE - UNICEF – SYRIA, DATE, LOCATION UNKNOWN

10. Syria archives children queuing for water
11. Close up archives Syria destruction
12. Wide shot Syria destruction
STORYLINE
In a review by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Syrian Government said the "dirty war" by armed terrorist groups on is country made Syrian children both "a target and a means."

Hussam Edin Aala, the Syrian ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva said, “In the context of its dirty war, the children of Syria were both a target and a means. He armed terrorist groups exploited their blood through indiscriminate bombings and shelling which targeted their schools, homes, and daily lives. This made them the main victim of their crimes.”

The Syrian ambassador blamed most of the attacks on terrorist organizations, charging that this was mirrored in misinformation. He said the war on Syria did not only include the financing and military support of terrorist groups, it also included an economic siege imposed on the Syrian people.

The seven member-strong Syrian delegation faced stiff questions from the Committee Members including, whether water was used as a weapon of war by the Government against its people.

Further questions by the Committee included issues ranging from rights to Syrian of children born of single mothers in Syria, forced marriages, torture and ill treatment of children, access to psychological to corporal punishment.

However, that Syrian delegation did not respond to all the questions in the review suggesting that they were too many and “impartial.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hussam Edin Aala Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations in Geneva:
“I do not think that the time allotted to us is enough to answer these questions. This must be taken into account in assessing our discussions. On a second note, some of the questions that were asked are charged and based on impartial considerations and reports against the Government of Syria.”

The CRC last reviewed Syria’s obligations to the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 2011.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the body of 18 Independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its State parties. It also monitors implementation of two Optional Protocols to the Convention, on involvement of children in armed conflict and on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
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