Members of the European Parliament have called for the establishment of a Syrian war crimes tribunal and the referral of Syria to the International Criminal Court as attacks by the Assad regime continue to cause mounting civilian casualties in many areas across Syria, particularly in eastern Ghouta. In a meeting in Strasbourg, France on Thursday, MEPs said that the Assad regime, Russia and Iran “must respect the 30-day ceasefire and…
To mark the seventh anniversary of the Syria conflict, Amnesty International on Thursday called on the international community to “assume its responsibilities and urgently act to end the suffering of millions of Syrians.” Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty’s Middle East research director, called for an end to the bloody assault on besieged civilians in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta. The international community’s catastrophic failure to take concrete action to protect the…
The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria has condemned the flagrant violation of International Humanitarian Law in Syria as it has called for holding accountable perpetrators for their crimes. Commission Chair Paulo Pinheiro on Tuesday told the UN Human Rights Council that there must be no amnesties or pardon for those responsible for gross human rights violations, war crimes or crimes against humanity in any agreement that emerges.…
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported an increase in deaths of children in Syria over the past year. It noted that the majority of deaths were caused by indiscriminate shelling of residential areas, a strategy that the Assad regime has pursued for the past several years. As many as 910 children were killed across Syria in 2017, compared with 652 the year before, said Marixie Mercado, spokesperson for UNICEF…
There has been a marked increase in violent attacks on health care in Syria with 67 reported in the first two months of 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday, denouncing them as "unacceptable." In February, a total of 43 incidents of violence against health care facilities, services and workers were reported, of which 39 were verified by external monitors and 4 are still being verified, said WHO spokesperson…
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