Al-Jaafari: terrorist war, occupation and economic measures had catastrophic repercussions on human rights’ situation in Syria

Geneva, SANA-Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Bashar al-Jaafari, said that the terrorist war against Syria, foreign occupation of parts of its territory and the external continued support to terrorism have caused catastrophic repercussions on the human rights’ situation in Syria.

“The US, western coercive economic measures have also escalated the catastrophic impacts which targeted the Syrian citizen’s livelihood and his/ her right in life and welfare,” al-Jaafari, Head of the National Committee concerned in preparing the national report of the 3rd round of the mechanism of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), said in a statement.

Al-Jaafari added that Syria effectively contributed to the establishment of the mechanism of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), because it is the only international impartial mechanism that guarantees the review of the human rights record of all countries on an equal footing.

“Syria, in order to implement its international commitments and belief in international cooperation, presents its third national report within the framework of the periodic review mechanism on time despite the challenges it faces,” al-Jaafari said in a statement before the Human Rights Council on Monday.

He added that the Western coercive measures have turned into economic terrorism targeted the Syrian citizens in their right to life, health, education, and development in all of it forms.

Al-Jaafari noted that a package of measures has been taken to enable the Syrian refugees to return their homeland, including the issuance of 20 amnesty decrees and laws that facilitate the issuance of their documents in their whereabouts through Syrian missions around the world.

He indicated that Syria facilitated the work of 44 international NGOs concerned with humanitarian affairs on its territory with the aim of supporting the state’s efforts to mitigate the negative impacts of the crisis and coercive measures.

al-Jaafari added that Syria facilitated the access of humanitarian assistance to all its areas without discrimination, including hard-to-reach or besieged areas by terrorist groups, as the number of beneficiaries reached about 8.5 million.

“It is surprising that all the institutions, bodies and agencies of the United Nations ignore the alliance of the Israeli occupation with international terrorism and its sponsors,” he said.

Al-Jaafari indicated that the Turkish occupation commits crimes of forced demographic change and practices a systematic Turkification policy in the Syrian territories it occupies.

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