GENEVA / SYRIA COMMISSION OF INQUIRY

29-Jun-2022 00:03:03
Syria’s humanitarian needs are at their highest ever and any move to block aid from reaching the war-torn country should be resisted strongly, a top UN Human Rights Council probe said on Wednesday. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / SYRIA COMMISSION OF INQUIRY
TRT: 3:03
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 29 JUNE 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1.Med shot, flag alley, UN Geneva.
2.Med shot, 50th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, delegates’ view.
3.Med shot, 50th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, view of podium speakers and large screens showing speaker.
4.SOUNDBITE (English) Paulo Pinheiro, Chair, Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic:
“Simply put, humanitarian needs throughout Syria are at their highest ever, with the UN estimating that 14.6 million Syrians are now dependent on humanitarian assistance; across Syria, 12 million people face acute food insecurity, and 90 per cent live in poverty.”
5.Med shot, Hussam Edin Aala, Permanent Representative of Syria to UN Geneva, in focus among other delegates at the Council.
6.SOUNDBITE (English) Paulo Pinheiro, Chair, Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic:
“Given this disturbing reality, it is unconscionable that discussions at the Security Council are focused on whether to close the one remaining authorized border crossing for aid, rather than how to expand access to lifesaving aid across the country and through every appropriate route.”
7.Med shot, many country representatives listening to proceedings, many wearing facemasks, at the Council.
8.SOUNDBITE (English) Paulo Pinheiro, Chair, Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic: “Parties to the conflict have themselves consistently failed in their obligations to allow and facilitate rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief for civilians in need across Syria. These and all other obstacles to humanitarian aid must be removed – including those caused by unilateral sanctions, even when unintentional.”
9.Med shot, delegates in foreground, blurred, podium speakers to rear.
10.SOUNDBITE (English) Paulo Pinheiro, Chair, Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic:
“Millions of refugees who fled the country are now under increasing pressure to return. When UNHCR recently polled refugees, nearly 92.8 per cent said they do not intend to return in the next year.”
11.Close up, Paulo Pinheiro in TV camera viewfinder and to rear.
12.SOUNDBITE (English) Paulo Pinheiro, Chair, Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic:
“We need to remind this body that 40,000 children are still held in appalling conditions in Al Hol and Al Roj camps in northeast Syria, alongside 20,000 adults, mainly women. Insecurity in Al Hol remains rife, with at least 24 murders reported this year. Even humanitarian workers have been targeted; a Red Crescent nurse was killed and an ICRC doctor stabbed.”
13.Close up, TV camera and viewfinder showing Syria representative.
14.SOUNDBITE (ARABIC) Hussam Edin Aala, Permanent Representative of Syria to UN Geneva:
“My delegation rejects the allegations and fallacies in the Commission’s reports and the statements of its sponsors and their attempts to promote the establishment of new international mechanisms on Syria. We stress that allegations of human rights or the promotion of human rights and the support of the political solution and ending the suffering of refugees and their host communities cannot be taken through the promotion of accusations, controversial – prefabricated accusations, controversial decisions and false reports”.
15.Med shot, US delegate
16.Med shot, Lithuanian delegate in foreground
17.Med shot, Benin delegate in foreground
STORYLINE
Syria’s humanitarian needs are at their highest ever and any move to block aid from reaching the war-torn country should be resisted strongly, a top UN Human Rights Council probe said on Wednesday (29 Jun).

According to a new report from the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, 14.6 million Syrians depend on humanitarian assistance, 12 million face acute food insecurity, and nine in 10 now live below the poverty line.

Despite the desperate level of needs across Syria, in May, humanitarians warned last month that the funds pledged for relief operations were too small to help, said Commission of Inquiry chair, Paulo Pinheiro: “Given this disturbing reality, it is unconscionable that discussions at the Security Council are focused on whether to close the one remaining authorized border crossing for aid, rather than how to expand access to life-saving aid across the country and through every appropriate route.”

Pinheiro was referring to the imminent closure of the Bab al-Hawa humanitarian border crossing into northern Syria from Turkey, which will require a UN Security Council resolution to stay open beyond 10 July.

Bab al-Hawa is the last of four international cross-border operations still functioning in Syria after disagreements among Security Council Members about keeping the others open, as they were, from 2014 until early 2020.
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