Gulf European Centre for Human Rights
Three Human Rights Organisations calls for trial of "war criminals in Syria"
30th September 2018
Over the seven years since the outbreak of the war in Syria, the UN Fact Finding Mission in Syria and other international and local human rights organisations have worked to gather information on crimes against humanity and possible war crimes during the conflict.
Investigators and international organisations have prepared numerous reports, many of which include shocking evidence of village destruction, burning of crops, poisoning of wells, torture, rape, siege to starve, and mass bombardment of civilians, and the use of chemical weapons. International organisations and the Arab envoy to Syria have revealed the coordination between the Syrian authorities and Iranian-linked militias such as Hezbollah and Iraqi Shiite militias to fight the Syrian opposition, which has killed scores of civilians in Syria.
International organisations have stated that there is no doubt that war crimes have been committed by all parties to the conflict in Syria. However, government parties in Syria used enforced disappearance and the use of explosive barrels against civilians.
The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights in its report on enforced disappearance in Syria and the number of those who were killed in torture or deliberately proved that the regime forces deliberately violated international law and human rights. The Gulf European Centre noted that most of the victims in Syria are unarmed people, such as women and children.
The Gulf European Centre in its last report argued that the seven-year conflict between Syrian regime forces, Iranian fighters, Lebanese Hezbollah and allied militias on the one hand and armed opposition forces on the other, as well as extremist Islamic groups, has led to serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. It is also noted that the perpetrators of these crimes have escaped punishment. Thus, since the outbreak of armed conflict in Syria in March 2011, tens of thousands of civilians have been arrested and subjected to brutal torture.
The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights, the Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society and Organisation of the Global Message for Human Rights call upon on international community to prosecute war criminals in Syria and to demand that political and diplomatic relations with the Syrian authorities should not be opened if criminals from all sides and parties are not tried in international trial.
- The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights
- Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society
- Organisation of the Global Message for Human Rights