Syrian Opposition Coalition – Syria
Department of Media and Communications
June 20, 2020
We have taken notice of the statement made by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs regarding the crossing of students to regime-held areas to sit their exams. The language and tone of the statement seemed biased and unbalanced and generally represented a shock to Syrian pundits and specialists.
The statement implies that the UN agency have turned into a mouthpiece and propaganda tool for the regime and a tool that the murderous regime is using in its war against the Syrian people. In any of its paragraphs, the statement did not show any respect for the lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who were killed. It did not show any sympathy with the suffering of the millions who have been subjected to the regime’s atrocious crimes for the past several years and who have lost their past and their present, and who are about to lose their future. The regime destroyed more than 500 schools, displaced thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students, detained tens of thousands, and killed thousands more under torture.
The language of the statement, which was issued by an esteemed UN agency, risks creating a false image of a regime made up of a mixture of a mafia and terrorist organizations living off on the misery of the Syrian people. These remarks present the regime as a state and government that is keen on upholding human rights. The OCHA risks acting as a major player in the rehabilitation of the most dangerous criminal in our modern era.
Multiple reports and investigations have already confirmed time and again that the Assad regime is seeking to exploit international organizations by all possible means. It is using humanitarian aid it steals from the UN to support its Shabbiha and army. The UN OCHA has fallen into the trap of the criminal and seems unable to take a balanced position on a very clear issue.
The UN OCHA should apologize from the Syrian people and the lives of thousands of students who were killed as a result of aerial bombardment targeting their schools, institutes, universities and their homes at a time when OCHA was expressing its concern about what is happening.
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