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Switzerland: Raqqa airstrikes causing 'staggering' loss of civilian life - UN commission03:01

Switzerland: Raqqa airstrikes causing 'staggering' loss of civilian life - UN commission

Switzerland, Geneva
June 15, 2017 at 17:44 GMT -00:00 · Published

Head of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian conflict Paulo Pinheiro hit out at intensified coalition air strikes in Syria's Raqqa, speaking at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Thursday, criticising the consequent “staggering loss of civilian life."

“To bring about a sustained peace,” stated Pinherio, “to begin to heal the divides that have torn Syrian society apart, there must be meaningful accountability for the catalogue of horrors my colleagues and I have documented.”

“Genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, blatant violations and abuses of human rights law and continuous, wilful violations of international humanitarian law; This lack of respect for international norms, and basic notions of humanity, must not continue to go unaddressed,” he added.

Pinheiro pointed to the coalition airstrikes as an example; “We note in particular that the intensification of airstrikes, which have paved the ground for an SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) advance in Raqqa, has resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced.”

Source: UNTV CH

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Head of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian conflict Paulo Pinheiro hit out at intensified coalition air strikes in Syria's Raqqa, speaking at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Thursday, criticising the consequent “staggering loss of civilian life."

“To bring about a sustained peace,” stated Pinherio, “to begin to heal the divides that have torn Syrian society apart, there must be meaningful accountability for the catalogue of horrors my colleagues and I have documented.”

“Genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, blatant violations and abuses of human rights law and continuous, wilful violations of international humanitarian law; This lack of respect for international norms, and basic notions of humanity, must not continue to go unaddressed,” he added.

Pinheiro pointed to the coalition airstrikes as an example; “We note in particular that the intensification of airstrikes, which have paved the ground for an SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) advance in Raqqa, has resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced.”

Source: UNTV CH

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