Members of the Syrian National Coalition’s political committee met with representatives of the Rohingya ethnic group which are being subject to multiple war crimes by the Myanmar government that are similar to the crimes being committed by the Assad regime and its allies against the Syrian people.
Participants in the meeting included Vice-president Oqab Yahya, members of the political committee, President of the Rohingya World Center Mohammed Alaim Yassin, and the President of the Arakan Humanitarian Association Abdul Majid Abdul Ahad al-Arakani.
The two sides stressed that the international community’s failure to fulfill its obligations to protect civilians led to a rise in violence and an increase in crimes against innocent people in different parts of the world.
The participants pointed out that the genocide against the Syrian and Rohingya people exacerbated the humanitarian crises, triggering unprecedented refugee crisis. They stressed that putting an end to the refugee crisis requires a firm international stance to enforce international resolutions and stop violence against civilians.
The two sides agreed to take joint international legal measures to press the international community to shoulder its obligations, especially with regard to the maintaining of international peace and security, in addition to the filing of lawsuits in front of the International Criminal Court by signatories to the Rome Convention to ensure accountability for war crimes. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Abdel Majid Barakat, member of the Syrian National Coalition’s political committee, called on the countries hosting Syrian refugees to file lawsuits against the Assad regime before the International Criminal Court to punish it for the widespread war crimes against civilians.
Barakat pointed out that the signatory states to the Rome Convention can file lawsuits before the International Criminal Court against the Assad regime which committed the crimes of deportation and forced displacement on the territory of these countries. He added that the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court ruled that the ICC can exercise jurisdiction over the mass displacement of the Rohingya minority from Myanmar to Bangladesh in 2018.
Moreover, Barakat pointed out that this is the first judicial case resembling the situation in Syria. “We can take this case and press the host countries which are parties to the Rome Statute to take the same procedures.”
Barakat urged the Turkish government to initiate an action against the Assad regime as it hosts the largest percentage of Syrian refugees on its territory. He warned that “Article 12 of the Rome Statute made it clear that the states that have not signed but ratified the jurisdiction of the ICC can file such lawsuits, which applies to Turkey.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)