The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) called for the imposition of sanctions on Russian and Iranian companies and preventing them from participating in the reconstruction of Syria in response to their involvement in the widespread crimes that the Assad forces regime is committing against the Syrian people and the destruction of Syrian cities, towns and villages.
In a new report on released on Tuesday, the Network highlighted the most serious human rights violations committed by the Russian forces in Syria in the period between September 30, 2015 and September 30, 2018. It said that the Russian forces killed no fewer than 6,239 civilians, including 1,804 children, 92 medical and civil defense workers, and 19 media activists.
According to the report, Russia is responsible for at least 321 massacres and 954 attacks on vital civilian centers, including 176 schools, 166 healthcare facilities, and 55 public markets. It noted that the Russian forces used cluster munition in at least 232 attacks and incendiary weapons in 125 more. Around 2.7 million people were displaced as a result of attacks by the Russian-Syrian-Iranian alliance, the report added.
The monitoring group went on to say that any country contributing to reconstruction under the current regime in Syria will be viewed as supporting it and its crimes against humanity.
The Network held Moscow and Tehran responsible for the crimes taking place in Syria, stressing the need for Russia to stop its support for the Assad regime if it wanted to participate in reconstruction and the efforts to reach a political solution in the country.
The Network stressed that reconstruction must begin only after reaching a political solution that is needed to restore stability to the country. It noted that starting reconstruction before a comprehensive political solution is reached means the continuation of the war and the prolonging of chaos in the country. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)