09 Apr 2015
Statement by Adama Dieng, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, and Jennifer Welsh, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, on the situation in Yarmouk, Syria
The Special Advisers of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, express deep concern about the deteriorating situation of besieged civilian populations in Yarmouk, where more than 18,000 Palestinian and Syrian civilians, including 3,500 children, are trapped by renewed fighting for territorial control among different armed groups, as well as aerial bombardments by Syrian security forces of residential areas in Yarmouk. The Special Advisers noted that all parties to the conflict in Syria have reportedly committed grave violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. They called on all actors with influence in Syria to ensure the protection of the civilian populations and avert the
possibility of further atrocity crimes, reminding the Syrian government of its primary responsibility to protect, and the international community, particularly the UN Security Council, of its responsibility to take timely and decisive action to protect populations in Syria.