President of the Syrian National Coalition, Anas al-Abda, sent a legal memo to the President of the UN Human Rights Council, Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger highlighting the war crimes the Assad regime and its allies are committing in Syria, especially the killing of civilians and the targeting of public facilities and medical centers In Idlib and Aleppo provinces.
The move came as part of a campaign by the Coalition to hold war criminals accountable, especially for the atrocious crimes that took place over the past three months.
“As you know, the Syrian people are living the worst human tragedy the world has witnessed in the twenty-first century, with the bloody escalation of the attacks launched by the regime and its allies in recent months on Idlib,” Al-Abda said.
“The suffering has worsened, and the waves of displacement increased after the regime invaded Ma’aret al-Numan and in the light of threats to invade Saraqib and other areas in Idlib.”
Al-Abda also said that “every prohibited act mentioned in international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international criminal law has been committed by the Assad regime and its allies Russia and Iran.”
Moreover, he stressed that the Assad regime did not abide by UN Security Council resolutions, most notably UN resolutions 2042, 2043, and 2254, which is the basis for the political process.
“The continued failure of the international community to save the Syrian people from the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the World War II will lead to the breakdown of the credibility of international institutions in the eyes of peoples and governments; and to deepening the culture of fulfilling rights by force due to the impunity of those involved; and will have a big impact on the political process and peace future in Syria and the region, which makes the threats to international peace and security an imminent reality.”
“All this places your esteemed Council and the United Nations with doubled responsibilities that need different ways to ensure saving both civilians in Syria and the credibility of the United Nations,” Al-Abda added.
Al-Abda called for an urgent meeting of the Human Rights Council to discuss the situation in Idlib and take decisions and appropriate measures in this regard.
He also called on all council’s institutions, treaties committees and working groups to double their work on Syria in order to proclaim the truth, redress the victims and hold perpetrators accountable. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
A delegation from the Syrian National Coalition met with Personal Representative of the President of the French Republic, Ambassador for Syria François Sénémaud to discuss the grave situation in Idlib and the need for a ceasefire and protection of civilians. The delegation comprised the Coalition’s Secretary-General Abdel Baset Abdel Latif and Coordinator of the Department of Foreign Relations, Abdulahad Astepho.
The visit came as part of an international campaign being carried out by the Coalition which sent several delegations to European capitals, Washington, and the United Nations with the aim of pressuring the international community to bring an end to the Russian and Assad regime’s intensifying onslaught on Idlib and Aleppo.
The delegation talked about the dire humanitarian conditions and the immense suffering of civilians in northwestern Syria. They said that the regime’s assault killed hundreds of civilians, while dozens of injured people are at risk of death due to lack of healthcare resulting from the regime and its allies’ targeting of the majority of medical facilities in the region.
For his part, Sénémaud stressed that what is happening in Idlib is a major scandal as he pointed out that in every international forum, his country’s government demanded the immediate cessation of military operations, the establishment of a real ceasefire, the protection of civilians, and the stepping up of humanitarian assistance.
Sénémaud reaffirmed France's support for the Syrian Coalition and the cause of the Syrian people, stressing that there is no real political process without a strong opposition.
The delegation made it clear that the lives of four million civilians in the region will be at serious risk if the international community fails to put an end to the ongoing carnage. “Those who did not die by bombing will die from cold or lack of medical care.”
The delegation called for taking immediate measures to address the humanitarian crisis in northwestern Syria, especially in Idlib province by providing humanitarian assistance and meeting the basic and urgent needs, especially shelter, food, education and healthcare services.
It also stressed the need for an immediate end to all military operations in the region and explicit condemnation of the regime’s blatant violations against Syrian civilians, especially in northwestern Syria.
The delegation called for supporting efforts to protect civilians and ensure an end to hostilities across the country as a necessary confidence-building measure paving the way for the resumption of the political process. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)