The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) welcomed the findings of the first report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) Investigation and Identification Team (IIT). Based on the findings of the report, the SOC called for international action in accordance with Chapter VII of the UN Charter and in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2118.
OPCW on Wednesday released a report attributing three instances of chemical weapons use to the Assad regime. The OPCW’s Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) concluded that the Assad regime used chemical weapons in three attacks in the town of Ltamenah in northern rural Hama in late March 2017.
Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, said the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres "took note" of the report and demanded accountability for those involved in the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria.
The SOC stressed that “following the issuance of this report and its findings, members of the UN Security Council who are keen on preserving international security and stability are required, along with international actors, to take the necessary measures to hold the perpetrators accountable and prevent a repeat of such crimes.”
“The international position from now on should be different and more aware of the need to take concrete measures against the Assad regime under Chapter VII and in line with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” the SOC added.
The SOC has repeatedly affirmed the international community’s responsibility for punishing those responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
It has already warned of the wrong messages that the continuing international inaction is sending to the regime and to the rest of the authoritarian regimes around the world. “Indeed, this inaction constitutes a serious threat to international peace and security, the international law, and OPCW’s credibility and future.” (Source: SOC’s Media Department)
The Council of the Syrian Community in Romania checked on the conditions of the Syrian refugees in Romania and provided them with material and medical support amid the crisis the world is facing as a result of the spread of the coronavirus.
The Council worked on studying the situation of Syrian households and classifying the most vulnerable groups. It provided them with direct support from the Community’s Financial Fund and from donations of some Syrian businessmen.
The Council also provided households with medical supplies that are unavailable in the markets, such as masks and gloves.
The Council translated most of the decisions and instructions issued by the Romanian government about the coronavirus into Arabic and circulated them to the Syrian community through the media and social media. It urged the Syrian community to adhere to health instructions and decisions.
The Council began studying the situation of Syrian refugees as well as the possibility of expanding aid and the collection of donations in the period to come. It also began cooperating with Arab and Islamic institutions and communities to secure the necessary needs for the Syrian community in Romania. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)
Coordinator of the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s office in rural Aleppo, Ahmed Al-Shehadi, visited the most vulnerable households and IDPs, especially the households that include people with disabilities and a large number of children.
Al-Shehadi ascertained the living and health conditions of the households. He worked on providing them with material support and securing their daily and medical needs.
Al-Shehadi stressed the need for complying with preventive measures and avoiding gatherings to prevent an outbreak of the coronavirus in the freed territories.
He listened to people talking about the stories of their displacement, the crimes committed by the Russian forces, the Iranian militias, and the Assad forces against the towns and villages and from which they were displaced.
He also talked about the plan the SOC, the Syrian Interim Government, and the Assistance Coordination Unit developed to prevent an outbreak of the coronavirus. He also talked about the precautionary measures SIG is taking in this regard as he stressed the need to adhere to the health guidelines laid out by the Ministry of Health. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)