News story

Foreign Secretary welcomes extension of UN mandate on Syria

Foreign Secretary: evidence gathered by UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria will ensure those responsible for violations are held to account.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The UN Human Rights Council 22nd Session
The UN Human Rights Council

Commenting on the Human Rights Council adoption of a new resolution on Syria today, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said:

I welcome the Human Rights Council’s adoption of a new resolution on Syria, and the overwhelming support it received from members of the Council. The deteriorating situation in Syria and worsening human rights violations and abuses deserve the strongest possible condemnation. More than 70,000 people have died and more than a million people have been displaced. The UN has labelled the situation in Syria as a level 3 humanitarian crisis, the worst humanitarian situation of the 21st century.

I welcome the Council’s decision to extend the mandate of the UN Commission of Inquiry for 12 months. The Commission has our full and unwavering support. The evidence they are gathering will help ensure that all those responsible for human rights violations and abuses will be held to account.

I again call all on parties involved to put an end to the violence and pursue a process of genuine political transition to meet the legitimate demands of the Syrian people.

Further Information

41 Human Rights Council members voted in favour of the resolution.

Read the Foreign Secretary’s recent statement to Parliament on Syria

Read about the Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Published 22 March 2013