7 March 2018-- The Human Rights Council on Wednesday heard the presentation of the annual report and oral update of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
The High Commissioner highlighted numerous human rights situations across the world. He reminded that the conflict in Syria had entered into a new phase of horror. In addition to the staggering bloodshed in Eastern Ghouta, escalating violence in the province of Idlib was placing some two million people in danger.
Recent attempts to justify indiscriminate, brutal attacks on hundreds of thousands of civilians by the need to combat a few hundred fighters, as in Eastern Ghouta, were legally and morally unsustainable.
On Iran, the High Commissioner deplored the odious practice of executing people for crimes committed when they were children. Repressive measures, such as arrests and prosecution of human rights defenders, journalists, international environmental activists and women protesting against compulsory hijab, could only deepen the people’s resentment.