PRESS RELEASE - 136 Non-governmental Organizations and 8 Coordination Bodies Ask the United Nations to Provide All Necessary Facilitation for an Investigation of Targeting Humanitarian Infrastructure in Syria

PRESS RELEASE - 136 Non-governmental Organizations and 8 Coordination Bodies Ask the United Nations to Provide All Necessary Facilitation for an Investigation of Targeting Humanitarian Infrastructure in Syria

PRESS RELEASE - 136 Non-governmental Organizations and 8 Coordination Bodies Ask the United Nations to Provide All Necessary Facilitation for an Investigation of Targeting Humanitarian Infrastructure in Syria

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Monday 05th August 2019 11:37 AM

Gaziantep – Turkey, 5 August 2019

The Syrian NGO Alliance (SNA) along with a large number of humanitarian and human rights organizations in Syria addressed a letter to the UN Secretary-General, President of the United Nations Human Rights Council, High Commissioner of Human Rights, Commission of Inquiry on Syria (COI), and the International Impartial Independent Mechanism (IIIM). The letter welcomes the UN General-Secretary decision to establish an internal United Nations Headquarters Board of Inquiry to investigate a series of incidents that have occurred in northwest Syria. The letter also demands the launch of immediate investigations on attacks against humanitarian facilities, and to overcome the obstacles of routine and bureaucracy and to grant full access for the investigative teams to the information of UN agencies especially the Humanitarian Deconfliction Mechanism led by UNOCHA. The letter further calls on the UN Secretary-General to keep the UNSC informed on the reports coming out of those investigations on crimes committed in Syria, especially those committed against humanitarian facilities during the recent military escalation launched by the Syrian Regime and its allies in Northwest Syria. The letter expresses the frustration of humanitarian and human rights organizations due to the ineffectiveness of UN mechanisms to provide minimum standards of protection to humanitarian workers operating in Syria. SNA representatives delivered the letter to Mr. Mark Cutts, the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria.

The letter is in attachment below. For any media requests or queries please contact:

Faiad Jairoudieh

Phone: 0090 536 653 39 51

Email: advocacy@syrianna.org