Sherine Tadros: "“The world is watching how the UN responds to the plight of Aleppo. [...] UN monitors should not just observe but also be allowed to investigate war crimes being committed"

posted 20 Dec 2016, 06:00 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Dec 2016, 06:03 ]
“The world is watching how the UN responds to the plight of Aleppo. This important measure has come far too late, with hundreds of thousands of people demanding the Syrian and Russian governments allow a safe evacuation and independent monitoring. But thousands are still trapped in besieged areas of Eastern Aleppo, waiting for hours in sub-zero temperatures to be evacuated. Evacuations have been taking place now for days and in that time we have seen convoys being attacked – why has it taken so long for this necessary step to be taken? UN monitors should not just observe but also be allowed to investigate war crimes being committed. Now that it has finally agreed to act on Aleppo, the UN Security Council needs to build on this first step and urgently send monitors to all areas of evacuation, not just Aleppo.”

- Sherine Tadros, Head of Amnesty International’s UN office in New York 

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Source:
'UN Security Council Aleppo resolution long overdue,' Amnesty International, 19 December 2016
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