20 April، 2020
Syria has affirmed that the unilateral, inhuman, illegal coercive measures imposed on the country represent a violation of human rights and hinder efforts of confronting coronavirus.
Syria’s permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, Hussam al-Din Ala, addressed a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, saying that the measures imposed on the country obstruct the government efforts to provide the basic requirements to apply the preventive measures adopted by the Syrian Health Ministry, particularly securing the medical necessary equipment related to COVID-19.
“The US and EU determination to resort to those illegal measures violate the Human rights and obstruct the implementation of development targets of 2030 and the efforts of sustainable development, Ambassador Ala said.
He called for giving the immediate lifting of the unilateral measures the priority to implement the procedures proposed by the UN secretary General to fight the virus, and concentrating on the negative impacts of these measures.
Ala warned against the coronavirus repercussions of the situation of human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan where the Israeli occupation authorities still breach the rights of Syrian citizens, including the right of health care.