UN / SYRIA DETAINED PERSONS

07-Aug-2019 00:03:47
UN chief for political and peacebuilding affairs Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council that the parties must fulfill their obligations under international law, to unilaterally release all arbitrarily detained or abducted persons in Syria. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 07 AUGUST 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1.Wide shot, exterior United Nations

07 AUGUST 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs:
“The parties must fulfill their obligations under international law, to unilaterally release all arbitrarily detained or abducted, and most urgently, women, children, the sick and elderly. They must collect, protect, and manage all relevant data and documents on detainees, abductees and missing persons and establish a mechanism with the ICRC to manage this information in coordination with the Office of the Special Envoy.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs:
“Accountability for serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights is central to achieving and maintaining durable peace in Syria. In this regard, all parties to the conflict, in particular the Syrian government, must cooperate fully with the International,
Impartial and Independent Mechanism and the Commission of Inquiry.”
6. Various shots, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Amina Khoulani, Families for Freedom:
“The United Nations Security Council has utterly failed Syrian detainees and their families. It is your responsibility to protect Syrian from a system that kills, tortures, and illegally detains its own citizens, in systematic violation of international law as concluded by the UN Commission of Inquiry and other relevant bodies. You have let vetoes and excuses get in the way of what is right and just. It is your responsibility to find a way to end impunity and stop this horror.”
8. Various shots, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Hala, Syria’s Bright Future:
“As families, we have suffered enough and I am here today to urge you to act. This Council must pass a resolution to put pressure on the Syrian government and all warring sides to immediately release a list of names of all detainees, along with their current locations and statuses, and to immediately stop torture and mistreatment. In the case of a detainee, a death certificate is not enough – a report on the real causes of death and burial location must be presented to the families.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Minister Consellor Dr. Louay Fallouh, Acting Chargé d’affaires, Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“My country, the Syrian Arab Republic, rejects and denounces the systematic practices that have seen on the part of the permanent delegations of the United States, France and the United Kingdom. These practices exploit this house, the house provided by the Security Council to denigrate my country’s delegation. These delegations have no legal legitimacy or moral legitimacy, indeed to call for the holding of a meeting focusing on humanitarian issues in my country Syria, because these Governments have, to date, been involved in the direct military aggression visited upon my country. These Governments have covered that the armed terrorist groups have killed thousands of Syrian people, have destroyed their property, have displaced these people, stripped them from their homes and properties.”
12. Various shots, Security Council
STORYLINE
UN chief for political and peacebuilding affairs Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council that the parties must fulfill their obligations under international law, to unilaterally release all arbitrarily detained or abducted persons in Syria.

Briefing the Security Council today (07 Aug) on detainees and missing persons in Syria, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo said, “accountability for serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights is central to achieving and maintaining durable peace in Syria.”

She added, “in this regard, all parties to the conflict, in particular the Syrian government, must cooperate fully with the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism and the Commission of Inquiry.”

The Under-Secretary-General also noted that given the continued lack of access to places of detention and to detainees in Syria, the UN has no official statistics on those detained, abducted or missing. What the UN know comes from accounts recorded and corroborated by the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, mandated by the Human Rights Council, and human rights organizations since the start of conflict in 2011. While the UN is not able to verify, reports suggest that more than 100,000 people have so far been detained, abducted, disappeared or went missing, largely, but not only, by the Syrian government.

DiCarlo also stated that women, besides being direct victims, are also impacted when their husbands or male relatives disappear. Syrian women risk losing legal rights, including their housing, land and property rights in Syria. Many women under these circumstances carry the heavy burden of sustaining their entire families. For refugees or those internally displaced, these challenges are multiplied.

Amina Khoulani, whose three brothers were taken by the Syrian authority for peaceful protesting said, “the United Nations Security Council has utterly failed Syrian detainees and their families.”

Khoulani said “it is your responsibility to protect Syrian from a system that kills, tortures, and illegally detains its own citizens, in systematic violation of international law as concluded by the UN Commission of Inquiry and other relevant bodies. You have let vetoes and excuses get in the way of what is right and just. It is your responsibility to find a way to end impunity and stop this horror.”

Khoulani is one of the co-founders of the Families for Freedom, a women-led movement launched in 2017, by families whose loved ones have been detained and disappeared.

Hala, a doctor and a co-founder of Families for Freedom, also addressed the Council. She said that as families, “we have suffered enough,” and urged the Council to act.

She said, “this Council must pass a resolution to put pressure on the Syrian government and all warring sides to immediately release a list of names of all detainees, along with their current locations and statuses, and to immediately stop torture and mistreatment.”

Hala continued, “in the case of a detainee, a death certificate is not enough – a report on the real causes of death and burial location must be presented to the families.”

Syrian representative Louay Fallouh said that his country “rejects and denounces the systematic practices that have seen on the part of the permanent delegations of the United States, France and the United Kingdom. These practices exploit this house, the house provided by the Security Council to denigrate my country’s delegation.”

He added, “these delegations have no legal legitimacy or moral legitimacy, indeed to call for the holding of a meeting focusing on humanitarian issues in my country Syria, because these Governments have, to date, been involved in the direct military aggression visited upon my country.”

Fallouh continued, “these Governments have covered that the armed terrorist groups have killed thousands of Syrian people, have destroyed their property, have displaced these people, stripped them from their homes and properties.”
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