France24 reported on a statement by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, published after the first cases of COVID-19 were registered in the country.
The commission, of which CIC senior fellow Hanny Megally is a member, stated that "nurses, doctors and medical volunteers have been attacked, detained and disappeared by parties to the conflict," and that "all attacks on medical providers, facilities, hospitals, and first responders must cease immediately."
The New York Times quoted CIC Senior Fellow Hanny Megally in coverage of a new U.N. report on war crimes in Syria.
Megally is a member of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria, which has determined that recent attacks on civilians by Russian and Syrian forces amount to a “crime of intentionally terrorizing the population.” “We are seeing that picture emerging very clearly, for example, in Idlib,” Megally told reporters in Geneva.
Who remembers Aleppo? A year ago, the Syrian city appeared tragically central to international diplomacy. Yet, Syria has slid into the category of persistent conflicts that worry U.N. diplomats but seem irresolvable.
Russia is flexing its diplomatic muscles at the United Nations again. Moscow appears intent on using the U.N. to complicate American efforts to put pressure on North Korea and sow confusion over its own intentions toward Ukraine. Western diplomats should be alert, because Russia is a fine player of the U.N. game.
A refugee crisis is what happens when large numbers of people fleeing poor, violent countries seek asylum in rich, peaceful countries, raising agonizing moral and political questions. This of course is what occurred in 2015, when a million refugees from Syria and elsewhere poured across Europe’s borders, provoking a backlash that brought nationalist parties to the verge of power and threatened the Continent’s liberal order. The refugees were the cause, rather than the victims, of the crisis in question.
Donald Trump likes attacking soft targets, and the United Nations is about as soft as they come. Over the past two months, U.N. officials have been bracing for an entirely inevitable clash with the next U.S. administration. Their only question has been exactly what would set off the showdown. Would it be climate change? Torture?
Last week had no shortage of shocking images to illustrate our collective paralysis in the face of the Mediterranean refugee crisis. A three year old boy dead on a beach, waves lapping around his shoes. Thousands of forcibly displaced people marching through the heart of Europe watched by silent onlookers. Borders going back up in Schengen under the guise of traffic control and migrant searches.