White Helmets

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th April 2017.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reported attacks on civilians in Syria by the White Helmets.

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Her Majesty's Government (HMG) is not aware of reported attacks on civilians by the White Helmets. While all allegations of human rights abuses are treated seriously, HMG notes that the Syrian regime and Russia sought to discredit Syria Civil Defence (SCD) through a concerted disinformation campaign. HMG remains steadfast in our support to the 3100 women and men of Syria Civil Defence who continue to risk their lives to save lives and make their communities more resilient.

HMG monitors the work of SCD through frequent contact with our implementing partner and receives regular reporting including specific incident reports, weekly reports, and quarterly project reports. The activities of SCD are also monitored and evaluated by our implementing partner; through independent audits; and through third party monitoring. These reports and continuing monitoring contribute to HMG's work to ensure due diligence, evaluation and accountability for project delivery.

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