Syrian activists and artists have launched an online media campaign to draw the attention of the world to the Assad regime’s crimes and demand accountability for the crimes it committed against the Syrian people using chemical weapons.
The campaign aims to rouse the public opinion before the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) resumption of investigations into chemical attacks in Syria early next month.
The activists and artists published short videos of themselves calling on the international community to hold the Assad regime accountable for its crimes against the Syrian people.
Participants in the campaign included Syrian actor Abdul Hakim Qutaifan, Nawar Bulbul, doctor Rania Qaysar, activists Hadi Al Abdullah and Abu Jaafar Al Mugharbil.
“The international community has to shoulder its moral responsibilities and not to remain silent about the Assad regime’s ongoing crimes against the Syrian people,” said Wassim al-Khatib, coordinator of the campaign and member of the Center for Documentation of Chemical Violations in Syria.
The Center called on civil society and human rights organizations to participate in this campaign and support its goals of demanding accountability against those involved in the use of internationally prohibited weapons.
The campaign urged the UN Security Council to implement UN Security Council resolution 2209 which classified chlorine gas as a chemical weapon and stressed that the use of chemical weapons is a violation of international law and UNSC resolution 2118.
Last week, the Center said that chemical weapons were used 261 times in Syria claiming the lives of 3,423 people and injuring 1,943 others, mostly women and children.
The campaign also called for referring Syria to the International Criminal Court and hold accountable those responsible for crimes against the Syrian people and against humanity, chiefly among them is Bashar al-Assad and heads of security apparatuses. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)