Syrian Coalition: Assad Bears Primary Responsibility for Refugee Crisis
The Syrian Coalition said that the Assad regime bears primary responsibility for the tragedy of the Syrian refugees, noting that Syria is "the greatest tragedy of displacement in our present day.”
In a press release marking the World Refugee Day, the Syrian Coalition said the murderous Assad regime has caused an absolute tragedy in Syria, some aspects of which are manifested in the situation of the Syrian refugees who live in extremely tragic conditions as a result of the actions of the Assad regime and having to escape the hell of its bloody tactics.
The Coalition said that despite some international attempts to address this crisis and the generous efforts by the majority of the host countries, the refugee crisis has exposed the failure of the international community to uphold the International Law and to enforce the UN Security Council and UN General Assembly resolutions. This failure has had dire consequences for the Syrian conflict and the refugee crisis.
“As the Assad regime’s military escalation continues, the humanitarian situation of the refugees is worsening. Hardships being faced by the Syrian refugees in the host countries are also worsening, especially in Lebanon whose institutions are not showing any respect for the rights of refugees or the international norms and conventions on refugees.”
The Coalition went on to say that IDPs in the regime-held areas are being subjected to various forms of violations and intimidation, such as arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, and torture in accordance with criminal policies based on violence, pillage, and the unlawful appropriation of citizens' property.
Moreover, the Syrian Coalition warned of the grave dangers threatening the Syrian refugees, especially those being forced to return to Syria under various forms of pressure. The forceful return of refugees in the current conditions pose immense risks to their lives.
The Coalition reiterated the need to respect international laws and conventions on the protection of refugees; prevent violations against them; and hold accountable those involved in the incitement of hatred against them and in violating their legitimate rights.
The Coalition demanded that the world honor the enormous sacrifices being made by the Syrian people. It also stresses the need to firmly resist the plans of the regime and its allies who are seeking to create a new humanitarian disaster in northwestern Syria and displace hundreds of thousands of civilians living there. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)