Noureddine Zanki Movement responded positively to calls by the Syrian Coalition to ensure accountability and transparency in relation to war crimes and human rights violations, especially with regards to the execution of a child near Aleppo on Wednesday by a fighter of the Movement after he has been charged with collaborating with regime forces.
President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah earlier today met with head of the Movement’s political bureau Mohamed Alsayyed to discuss a request by the Movement to the Syrian Coalition and the interim government to help lay out a legal framework to tackle the incident.
Noureddine Zanki Movement stressed that such a crime will not go unpunished, warning against the exploitation of this incident to justify war crimes committed by the Assad regime against innocent civilians. The Movement also warned against the regime’s use of such an isolated incident as a pretext to carry on with its crimes and massacres or to politicize it to demonize the Free Syrian Army.
Nouraddin Zenki Movement on Tuesday issued a statement condemning the incident which was “an isolated mistake by an individual.” The statement said the incident “does not represent the policy of the movement.” The statement also reiterated the movement’s commitment to human rights laws and international treaties, adding that all fighters involved in the crime were detained and will face legal procedures.
The Syrian Coalition condemned the “heinous crime” and urged all the Free Syrian Army groups to reiterate full commitment to international laws and conventions. It also called for zero tolerance on violations or abuses of any kind including condoning any act that contravenes the principles of the revolution and the aspirations of the Syrian people who have risen up demanding freedom, dignity and justice. (Source: Syrian Coalition)
A message to the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces
Reiterating SOC’s statement
Nour Eddin Zinki Movement reiterates its respect to the principles of accountability and transparency with regards to war crimes and human rights violations.
The movement further invites competent legal authorities of the Syrian Interim Government and the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces for a discussion of the incident in order to find the legal approach to address it. The movement pledges to put all its administrative and legal capacities at their disposal.
We confirm, once again, that no war crime would go unpunished or unaccounted for. We further warn against the regime’s use of such an exceptional incident and individual crime as a pretext to continue its crimes and massacres and politicize this matter to demonize factions of the Free Syrian Army.
Long live Syria, free and dignified
Long live the Syrian revolution, the revolution of freedom and dignity.
22 July 2016
Nour Eddin Zinki Movement