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AGPS & PRC Underscore Calamitous Situation of Palestinian Women in Syria at UNHRC

Published : 04-07-2019

AGPS & PRC Underscore Calamitous Situation of Palestinian Women in Syria at UNHRC

The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) and the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) have spoken up against the human rights abuses perpetrated against Palestinian women taking refuge in war-torn Syria.

Speaking during a session attended by the International Commission of Inquiry on the Syria Arab Republic, held on Tuesday, July 2, as part of the 41st Session of the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, PRC’s media chief Ahmad Husain, also AGPS’ executive director, warned of the flagrant psycho-physical violations Palestinian women have been made to endure across the Syrian territories.

Mr. Husain said nearly 500 Palestinian women have died of war-related incidents in the war-torn country, according to updated statistics by AGPS. At the same time, 109 Palestinian women and girls have gone forcibly disappeared in Syria’s state-run prisons, where dozens of others have also been tortured to death.

At least 68 female Palestinian refugees died of undernourishment and medical negligence in the embattled Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, Mr. Husain further warned.

PRC’s speaker said there are currently hundreds of Palestinian women struggling for survival in northern Syria. Their children have been crammed in poorly-equipped tents. Scores of elderly women are on the verge of death, awaiting life-saving medicines that many believe will never come if urgent steps are not taken.

MR. Husain called for serious steps to save women before it is too late, saying all concerned authorities should combine forces in order to pressurize the Syrian authorities to disclose the fate of forcibly-disappeared women, push for fair trials of those held behind prison bars, and ensure that women are granted the psycho-physical protection they quite urgently need, as stipulated by the international humanitarian law.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8854

The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) and the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) have spoken up against the human rights abuses perpetrated against Palestinian women taking refuge in war-torn Syria.

Speaking during a session attended by the International Commission of Inquiry on the Syria Arab Republic, held on Tuesday, July 2, as part of the 41st Session of the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, PRC’s media chief Ahmad Husain, also AGPS’ executive director, warned of the flagrant psycho-physical violations Palestinian women have been made to endure across the Syrian territories.

Mr. Husain said nearly 500 Palestinian women have died of war-related incidents in the war-torn country, according to updated statistics by AGPS. At the same time, 109 Palestinian women and girls have gone forcibly disappeared in Syria’s state-run prisons, where dozens of others have also been tortured to death.

At least 68 female Palestinian refugees died of undernourishment and medical negligence in the embattled Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, Mr. Husain further warned.

PRC’s speaker said there are currently hundreds of Palestinian women struggling for survival in northern Syria. Their children have been crammed in poorly-equipped tents. Scores of elderly women are on the verge of death, awaiting life-saving medicines that many believe will never come if urgent steps are not taken.

MR. Husain called for serious steps to save women before it is too late, saying all concerned authorities should combine forces in order to pressurize the Syrian authorities to disclose the fate of forcibly-disappeared women, push for fair trials of those held behind prison bars, and ensure that women are granted the psycho-physical protection they quite urgently need, as stipulated by the international humanitarian law.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8854