Af Zenia Grynberg

I de seneste dage er danske medier eksploderet med kommentarer, i kølvandet på Amnesty International’s undersøgelse af drabene på over 200 civile, ved russiske bombardementer i Syrien. Spørgsmålet er blot om undersøgelsen er troværdig?

Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq

Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq

 

Det er egentlig ærgerligt at en så højt respekteret, og ellers troværdig, organisation som Amnesty International, sætter sin autoritet på spil. Undersøgelsen er bekymrende og anklagerne er skarpe, men er de troværdige? FN’s Generalsekretær Ban-Ki-Moon har noteret sig rapporten med bekymring. Men ifølge Farhan Haq, talsmand i FN, kan FN’s egne uafhængige kilder ikke bekræfte de oplysninger der er beskrevet i rapporten. Her er en udskrift fra briefingen i FN, der omhandler netop dette spørgsmål:

Question: Yes. Thank you, Farhan. Amnesty has a new report saying that Russian warplanes killed 200 civilians in Syria between September 30th and November 29th. Do you have any news on that, or is everyone just killing everyone?

Deputy Spokesman: Well, regarding that report, the Secretary General notes with concern Amnesty International’s report on alleged violations of international humanitarian law resulting from the Russian airstrikes in Syria. The UN cannot independently confirm the cases presented in the report. As our monthly report to the Security Council has clearly illustrated, civilians continue to suffer immensely in Syria, including through the use of indiscriminate weapons against civilians and civilian infrastructure. And this must stop. The Secretary General reiterates his call to all parties to the conflict to immediately comply with their obligations under international, humanitarian, and human rights law. This is essential if progress is to be made in finding a political solution following the adoption of Security Council resolution 2254 (2015). Yeah. Kilde: http://www.un.org/press/en/2015/db151223.doc.

Man kan kun undre sig over hvor ukritiske danske medier er, og hvor glade de er for at diskreditere Rusland, uden at sætte spørgsmålstegn ved de oprindelige kilder.