Interactive Dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry
on the Syrian Arab Republic
Statement by Ambassador Mitsuko SHINO
The Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva
Thank you, Mr. President.
Japan welcomes the update of the COI report and appreciates the Commission’s relentless efforts.
We deplore the dire human rights situation, including continuing indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Syria, which still persists 7 years after the beginning of the crisis. We are particularly concerned about the human rights violation against children, who are more vulnerable to attacks.
Japan strongly urges the immediate cessation of violence in Syria, in order to secure the basic human rights for all.
We would like to reiterate our position that we do not tolerate the use of chemical weapons under any circumstances and condemn their use in the strongest possible terms.
Japan urges the immediate cessation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
We acknowledge a need for an international mechanism to identify those responsible for using the chemical weapons. We should not tolerate impunity for those using chemical weapons by any means.
The crisis in Syria would only be solved through political solution, not by any military means.
Japan urges all parties to cease military means in order to ensure safe, rapid and unhindered access for humanitarian convoys, and cooperate fully to make progress in the UN-led “Geneva Process.”
The COI investigation is vital in order to ensure accountability for the human rights situation in Syria. Japan urges the Syrian government to cooperate fully with the COI, including by assuring safe and unhindered access to the territories of the Syrian Arab Republic.
Japan would continue to be committed to cooperating with the international community toward the cessation of all violence in Syria.
I thank you, Mr. President.