Syria: UN rights expert launches official visit to assess effect of unilateral sanctions 

 PNN/ Geneva/

A United Nations human rights expert, Idriss Jazairy, will visit the Syrian Arab Republic from 13 to 17 May to investigate the impact of unilateral sanctions on human rights, and make recommendations on how any negative effects can be mitigated or eliminated.

“The difficult circumstances in Syria require the international community to find ways to protect the human rights of ordinary citizens, and unilateral coercive measures may undermine them instead,” said the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights.

“I want to examine, in the spirit of cooperation and dialogue, whether and to what extent the adoption, maintenance or implementation of current unilateral sanctions impedes the full realisation of the human rights of individuals, and how we can ensure protections are in place to allow for unimpeded humanitarian assistance to the country,” Mr Jazairy added.

The UN Human Rights Council established the Special Rapporteur’s mandate in September 2014, following concern by the UN human rights system and the international community about the negative impact of unilateral sanctions on the human rights of the civilian population.

The Special Rapporteur will meet representatives of the Government as well other officials and groups, including civil society organisations, and representatives of the business and diplomatic communities in Damascus.

press conference will be held at the conclusion of the visit, on 17 May 2018, at 11 a.m., at the Four Seasons Hotel in Damascus. Access to the press conference is strictly limited to journalists.

The Special Rapporteur will present a comprehensive report of his findings and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2018.