Human Rights Council considers as “crime against humanity” the economic measures imposed on Syria


Geneva: The statement issued during the 44th session of the Human Rights Council affirmed its rejection of coercive unilateral economic measures imposed on Syria, stressing that it is a “crime against humanity” and targets the Syrian people in their daily lives and undermines the chances of a political solution to the crisis in Syria.
“The Western coercive measures imposed on the Syrian people violate and contradict international law, international humanitarian law, the Charter of the United Nations and the rules and principles of peaceful relations between countries”

The measures imposed by the United States and the European Union against Syria also targeted the health sector at a time when the world is witnessing an outbreak of the Corona pandemic, demanding its immediate abolition.

The International Council for Supporting a Fair Trial and Human Rights said: In no circumstances , people should be deprived of the basic means of their lives.

“With the World Health Organization warning of the danger of the Corona epidemic and its impact on the health sector in Syria, Member States and relevant United Nations agencies are urged to take concrete measures to abolish Western coercive measures and avoid the use of economic or political measures or other pressure to countries regarding the exercise of their sovereign rights.”
“Basic commodities as food and medicine should not be used as a tool for exerting political pressure and in no case a people should be deprived of its means of subsistence and development.”

The Council asked the Special Rapporteur to investigate on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures and the humanitarian crimes caused by Western sanctions imposed on the Syrian people.

It also called for the creation of an immediate mechanism to pressure the countries that impose these coercive measures in order to abolish it and support the Syrian state to overcome that crisis.