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Published Date: Sunday 15 April 2018 - 11:39:12

47 groups urge UN secretary-general to act on Syria

47 groups urge UN secretary-general to act on Syria
World  - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres should urgently appoint a team of investigators to identify those responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Human Rights Watch and 46 other human rights and humanitarian groups said in a statement released Friday.

"The UN Security Council has failed to replace the Joint Investigative Mechanism of the UN and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons due to repeated Russian vetoes. As a result, there is no longer a UN team with the independence, technical expertise, and mandate to identify the parties responsible for deadly chemical attacks in Syria, the statmrnt reads.

"Secretary-General Guterres should heed this plea on behalf of the suffering civilians of Syria, who have been left in the lurch by a divided and dysfunctional Security Council," said Louis Charbonneau, UN director at Human Rights Watch. "The secretary-general has the means and authority to take command of the situation as his predecessors did by establishing an investigative unit that will unmask those behind chemical attacks in Syria. We don't need another veto, we need leadership."

On April 7, the world once again was shocked by the heart-wrenching images of Syrian men, women and children who appeared to have suffocated in their houses in Douma, a suburb of Damascus that has been under furious attacks for weeks by the Syrian-Russian military alliance.

While investigations are still pending, claims have been made that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against its own people. The Syrian and Russian governments have vehemently denied that a chemical attack occurred.
The use of chemical weapons constitutes a war crime. The international prohibition on the use, development, production, stockpiling, and transfer of chemical weapons is absolute and cannot be left to political wrangling.
"We, the undersigned organizations, urge UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to step up in defense of civilians everywhere by activating an independent UN mechanism to attribute responsibility for chemical attacks in Syria."

Stressing that previous UN Secretaries General created similar inquiries, the signatories of the statement noted that they "cannot afford more Security Council deadlock, paralysis, or vetoes. Taking this step is fully in line with the Secretary General's authority and would help ensure that the perpetrators of these atrocities are exposed."

"It is incumbent on the UN Security Council to hold perpetrators of these crimes to account and make clear to the world that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated."

1. Adopt a Revolution
2. American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS)
3. Amnesty International
4. Arms Control Association
5. ASML/Syria
6. Basmet Amal
7. Baytna Syria
8. Bridge of Peace Syria
9. CCFD-Terre Solidaire
10. CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development)
11. CARE International
12. Christian Aid
13. CIHRS (Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies)
14. FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights)
15. Ghiras Alnahda
16. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
17. GOAL
18. Hand in Hand for Syria
19. HelpAge International
20. Human Appeal
21. Human Rights Watch
22. Humans of Syria
23. IDA
24. Islamic Relief UK
25. Just Foreign Policy
26. Karam Foundation
27. Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (Concordia University)
28. Nonviolent Peaceforce
29. PAX for Peace
30. Physicians for Human Rights
31. Protection Approaches
32. Relief & Reconciliation International AISBL
33. Rethink Rebuild Society
34. SCM
35. Society for Threatened Peoples
36. STAND (The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities)
37. Syria Charity
38. Syria Relief
39. Syrian American Medical Society - SAMS
40. Syrian Forum USA
41. Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR)
42. Syrians for Truth and Justice-STJ سوریون من أجل الحقیقة والعدالة
43. Trocaire
44. Vision GRAM-International
45. War Child UK
46. World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP)
47. 11.11.11



News Code: 25256
Published Date: Sunday 15 April 2018 - 11:39:12
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