Last Update 21:59
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Russia: Syria UN rights report biased, silent on 'terrorist acts'

A Russian Foreign Ministry statement slams reports of UN commission of inquiry into human rights violations in Syria, citing bias towards the rebels

Reuters , Wednesday 5 Jun 2013
Share/Bookmark
Views: 531
Share/Bookmark
Views: 531

Russia accused unnamed states on Wednesday of using a "biased" UN human rights report on Syria to condemn President Bashar al-Assad's government and gloss over abuses by his foes, especially Islamist militants.

A sharply worded Foreign Ministry statement was the latest in a series of Russian accusations that Western states and international groups put too much blame on Assad's government for the conflict that has killed 80,000 people since March 2011.

The report by U.N. investigators noted torture, abductions and other abuses by insurgents, but "preferred not to qualify bombings carried out by rebels in Syrian cities as terrorist acts", the Russian statement said.

"(The report) is also silent about other bestial acts by jihadists, including many cases of sexual violence against women. This all occurs against a backdrop of increasing ... evidence of crimes by armed Islamists against civilians."

In findings aired on Tuesday, the U.N. commission of inquiry said Syrian leaders must be held accountable for policies that include besieging and bombing cities and executing civilians.

Government forces and allied militia have committed war crimes including murder, torture and rape, the report said.

But Russia, which had opposed the commission's creation, said the latest of five reports it has produced was being used to support a skewed depiction of the conflict in Syria.

"The one-sidedness and prejudice of the report has been used by ... certain states to once again groundlessly place all blame for what is happening in Syria on the government and not say a word about the many crimes and human rights violations by armed radical groups," the Foreign Ministry said.

It did not name those states but said they were playing into the hands of the "radical opposition" and suggested they were undermining the chances of convening international peace talks that Russia and the United States are trying to organise.

Russia says Islamist militants could gain the upper hand in Syria if Assad is ousted. It says it is not trying to prop up the Syrian leader but has supplied arms to his government and shielded him from Western and Arab pressure though its power as a veto-holding U.N. Security Council member.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.