We welcome the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria and thank the commission for its extremely important work over the past two and a half years, despite the Asad regime’s refusal to cooperate and grant access to the Commission.
As we gather today, three years after the start of the Syrian revolution, more than 100,000 people have died, 6.5 million internally displaced, and more than 2.5 million have fled to nearby countries as refugees. The COI has again reported additional and ongoing gross violations carried out by government forces and militias, including murder, hostage-taking, enforced disappearances, torture, rape, unlawful use of child soldiers, targeting civilians, and the indiscriminate use of barrel bombs. We appreciate the COI’s efforts to document the abuses and violations perpetrated by non-state armed groups, including by Jabhat Al-Nusra and ISIL, whose conduct we strongly condemn. Full Statement
"While Iran has begun to shift its rhetoric on human rights, the United States remains deeply concerned that Iran continues to suppress free expression and civil society, harass members of its ethnic and religious minority populations, and imprison human rights defenders and journalists on politically-motivated charges."