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Syria

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Syria regarding reports of alleged organ trafficking from opponents of the regime in Syria.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

We are aware of reports in the media that organs have been removed from opponents of the Syrian regime. If confirmed this would be an abominable crime and those responsible should be brought to account.

The United Nations estimates that more than 3,500 people have been killed in Syria since March, including 187 children. It has reported widespread and systematic human rights violations, including murder, summary executions, tens of thousands of detentions and torture.

At the Universal Periodic Review on Syria at the UN Human Rights Council on 7 October, the UK raised the Syrian regime's systematic torture, rape and the arbitrary detention of thousands of men, women and children. We called for an immediate end to all human rights violations against civilians in relation to their peaceful exercise of freedom of expression and assembly.

On 22 November the UN General Assembly passed a UK/French/German proposed resolution on human rights in Syria. The resolution was co-sponsored by 62 countries including Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Turkey was passed by a large majority (122 in favour). It called on the Syrian Government to end violence and implement the Arab League's plan of action without delay.

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