In a stark and urgent statement, Geneva Council, denounces the relentless violence, human rights violations, and the perilous threat to future stability in Syria.
United Nations investigators recently brought to light the persistent atrocities in Syria, shedding light on the alarming situation that continues to brew conflict and radicalization in the region. Despite diplomatic efforts aimed at stabilizing the country, such as Syria’s re-admission to the League of Arab States, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, comprising three distinguished members, presented a grim outlook during a session at the U.N. Human Rights Council.
The Geneva Council, echoing the concerns expressed by a majority of the 42 participating nations, strongly condemns the ongoing crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed by the Syrian regime. Paulo Pinheiro, the chair of the commission, issued a poignant warning, declaring, “Nearly 12 years into this conflict, the parties involved continue to commit war crimes and violate fundamental human rights.”
Pinheiro emphasized the dire consequences for Syrian youth, who are fleeing their homeland in unprecedented numbers, leaving behind a nation torn apart, a crippled economy, and devastated homes. These young Syrians, tragically, no longer envision a hopeful future within their own country.
The United Nations estimates that the conflict has claimed the lives of over 300,000 civilians since 2011, with more than 12 million individuals forcibly displaced. Among them, 6.8 million remain internally displaced within Syria, while 5.4 million have sought refuge in neighboring nations. Shockingly, the report reveals that during the first half of this year, the war persisted, and Syrians continued to endure grave injustices, including killings, disappearances, torture, arbitrary detentions, displacement, and dispossession. These egregious acts are not limited to actions by the Syrian state alone but also encompass the three primary entities controlling significant portions of Syrian territory.
These entities include the U.N.-designated terrorist group Hayat Tahriri Al-Sham, the opposition Syrian National Army, and the Syrian Democratic Forces, primarily in northeastern Syria. The report also documents attacks carried out by Syrian forces and five foreign armies that remain active in the country, including Russian air forces, Israeli forces, and Turkish-backed militias.
Geneva Council underscores the pressing need for immediate international attention and intervention to address the ongoing crisis in Syria. The organization calls upon the international community to stand united against the violence and human rights abuses, emphasizing that the repercussions extend far beyond Syria’s borders.
As an independent news organization committed to truth, transparency, and human rights, Geneva Council stands in solidarity with the victims of these atrocities and urges swift and coordinated action to bring an end to the suffering in Syria.