Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition Abdul Rahman Mustafa said that the Assad regime’s disruption of the entry of a UN aid convoy to eastern Ghouta on Monday has shown that it is unwilling to allow much-needed relief aid to reach civilians with the aim of putting more pressure on them and ultimately forcing them to surrender.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday said that the convoy of more than 40 trucks pulled out of Douma in darkness after shelling on the town, without fully unloading supplies during a nine-hour stay.
Reuters quoted a World Health Organization (WHO) official as saying that regime forces had ordered 70 percent of medical supplies to be stripped out of the convoy, preventing trauma kits, surgical kits, insulin and other vital material from reaching the area.
Vice-president Mustafa said that these incidents have been repeated in many areas under siege by regime forces and have cruelly exposed the Assad regime’s real intentions. He underscored that the Assad regime will continue to refuse to implement the recently adopted UN Security Council resolution 2401, adding that the regime’s blocking of relief aid is aimed at circumventing the UN resolution and put increasing pressure on residents of eastern Ghouta and forcing them to submit to its conditions.
"The continued violations of UN resolutions have clearly exposed the international community’s inaction in Syria, which is being exploited by the Assad regime and its backers to the full,” Mustafa said. He expressed hope that the UN Security Council will take action and defend its resolutions and save hundreds of thousands of civilians.
“The Assad's violations of international resolutions risk encouraging everyone to rebel against the entire international system. Ten days have passed since resolution 2401 was adopted but is has not been enforced yet, which encourages international chaos.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
An all-woman international convoy started its three-day journey in Istanbul on Tuesday to raise awareness of the suffering of women and young girls imprisoned by the Assad regime.
With the participation of activists and NGO members from 55 countries, the International Conscience Convoy, calling itself the "voice of oppressed women in Syria," started its journey with 55 buses after holding a press conference at Istanbul.
Participants in the convoy included 200 women from Bosnia’s Srebrenica as well as dozens of women who lost loved ones at the hands of the Assad regime.
During the journey, the convoy will make stops in a number of Turkish cities and will reach the southern province of Hatay at the Turkish-Syrian border on March 8, International Women’s Day.
Members of the Syrian Coalition participated in the launch of the campaign. Vice-President of the Coalition, Salwa Aksoi, called on international organizations to support the campaign to achieve its goals of ensuring the release of detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime and exposing the barbaric, inhuman and brutal torture they are subjected to.
Aksoi stressed that women from all over the world are participating in the campaign to support thousands of detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime.
Lawyer Gülden Sönmez, deputy chairman of the Human Rights and Justice Movement (İHAK), said at a press conference in Istanbul about the event that 13,581 women have been subjected to torture and maltreatment in the "dungeons of the Assad regime" and some were raped since an uprising against the regime started in 2011. "Currently there are 6,736 adult and 417 underage prisoners."
Sönmez stressed that such acts constituted "war crimes and crimes against humanity under international law, calling on the entire world to take measures to ensure the release of Syrian female in the prisons of the Assad regime. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
A delegation of the Syrian Negotiations Commission arrived in New York City on Monday to attend the United Nations session on the humanitarian situation in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta. The delegation will hold meetings with representatives of countries supporting the Syrian Revolution to hold consultations and emphasize the need to bring military operations against civilians in Syria to an end.
The delegation began the visit with a meeting with Germany’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Christoph Heusgen. Both sides discussed the latest political and field developments, especially the ongoing onslaught on eastern Ghouta by the Assad regime and its backers. The delegation stressed the need to discuss the rewording of UN Security Council resolution 2401 so that it becomes abiding and containing monitoring mechanisms along with punishing those who violates it.
The Commission pointed that the current wording of the resolution "allowed the Assad regime and its backers to see in it a license to carry on with the killings against the Syrian people and pursuing a military solution as they continue to reject any political negotiation process."
For his part, German ambassador reaffirmed his country's strong support for the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2401 calling for a cease-fire. He said that non-compliance is not an option, adding that Berlin is seeking to reach international consensus on the implementation of the resolution.
The Commission said that its delegation seeks through the current visit to communicate with all the UN Security Council member states to “urge them to assume their humanitarian and legal responsibilities towards the war crimes being committed by the Assad regime and its backers against the Syrian people, especially in eastern Ghouta.”
The Commission underscored that Russia bears full legal responsibility as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and that its military forces were deployed in Syria and participating in hostilities alongside the Assad regime.
Furthermore, the Commission said that Russia has effectively become the force capable of using its influence to put pressure on the Assad regime and Iran and push for a political solution leading to the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254. It stressed that such pressure is needed to putt an end to the bloodshed and to Iran's forced displacement operations aimed at changing the demographic landscape in Syria in preparation for the implementation of its expansionist projects in the region. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)