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Human Rights Council – 32nd session (13 June – 1 July 2016) Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

21 June 2016

Ireland aligns itself with the statement of the EU and adds the following:

Mr President,

Ireland thanks the Commission of Inquiry for its ongoing efforts on behalf of the victims of this inhumane conflict.

The Commission’s report details unimaginable crimes. The suffering of the victims of Daesh’s terrorism and hatred is laid bare before this Council in the report. This Council and the membership of the United Nations have an inarguable duty to end these crimes and work to achieve justice and accountability for the victims of these crimes.

Ireland has long made clear its full support for referral of the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court. Together with over 50 Member States of the United Nations, Ireland co-sponsored a proposed resolution to this effect in 2014. Ireland regards the failure of the proposed resolution as a breach of the Security Council’s obligations under the UN Charter. Ireland repeats its call for the Security Council to uphold international law and act on this report by referring the situation in Syria to the Court. It is intolerable that the terrorist perpetrators of the most heinous crimes would be granted impunity by the action of any member of the United Nations.

Ireland urges that all States engaged in countering Daesh in Syria and Iraq should place the protection of civilian populations, especially minorities at particular risk from Daesh’s murderous ideology of hate, as a priority in their instructions to members of their security forces.