A Plea From The Syrian Civil Community and Human Rights Activists

March 9th, 2018

To the Distinguished Representatives:

Secretary-General of the United Nations: Antonio Guterres
International Envoy to Syria: Stephane de Mistura
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: Federica Mujerini
Secretary-General of the Arab League: Ahmed Aboul Gheit
Chairman of the African Union Commission: Moussa Faki
Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen
Secretary General of the Arab Parliament: Mish’al Bin Fahad Al-Salmi

 

State and Militia Terrorism is Targeting Ghouta and the Whole of Syria

IT MUST BE STOPPED

Before Ghouta Is Turned Into the Tomb of UN and Human Conscience

 The famed civil rights leader Martin Luther King once warned humanity that: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” So it is that your silence and your lack of response to the continuation of the Syrian humanitarian crisis will eventually lead, as the philosopher Noam Chomsky predicted, to the birth of a more dangerous monster than ISIS.

As the pace of fighting and killing in Syria accelerates with bloody consequences, the role of the international community has mysteriously, and contrary to expectations, regressed. The effective functioning and the resolutions of the United Nations have been disabled by the non-compliance of the Syrian regime and its supporters.

The regime and its supporters have not complied with the alleged “truce”, just as they have never complied with any such agreements before. On the contrary, they have developed a policy of brutalization by targeting Eastern Ghouta with warplanes, cluster bombs, explosive barrels and poisonous gases, while at same time the regime expands the bombing circle and aggression on the entire Syrian territory.

For the last seven years the Syrian regime and its allies (Iran, Russia, Hezbollah, in addition to Iraqi, Iranian and other sectarian militias) have justified their crimes against our people and country under the pretext of fighting terrorism. This pretext has succeeded in preventing the international community from intervening and shouldering responsibility for the protection of civilians in compliance with security council resolution 1674 /2006, as well as the Responsibility to Protect (R2p) Principle which was endorsed by all member states of the United Nations at the 2005 World Summit to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleaning and crimes against humanity.

The UN members agreed that the R2p Principle would be a formal obligation based on three pillars: the responsibility of each state to protect its population (pillar I); the responsibility of the international community to assist countries to protect their populations (pillar II); and the responsibility of the international community to protect when the country fails clearly to deliver a timely and decisive response to protect its population (pillar III).

In September 2017, in his remarks to the United Nations General Assembly informal dialogue on the responsibility to protect, the Secretary General António Guterres confirmed that “should national authorities manifestly fail to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, then we must be prepared to take collective action, in accordance with the Charter, including Chapter VII, on a case-by-case basis.” He concluded his remarks stressing that “It is time to move beyond the conceptual debate towards improved protection of people from atrocity crimes.”

A few days ago on 26 February, the Jordanian Prince and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Raad Zeid al-Hussein, said: “Syria must be referred to the International Criminal Court.” On 24 February , the Security Council, acting unanimously, adopted a resolution demanding the cessation of hostilities in Eastern Ghouta and in the whole of Syria without delay for at least 30 consecutive days, ensuring a “durable humanitarian pause” to enable weekly humanitarian aid deliveries and medical evacuations of the critically sick and wounded.

In spite of local and global demands and condemnations, Ghouta is under siege, populated areas are being targeted and civilians are being killed, all under the pretext of fighting terrorism, while all the world is well aware that the location and actions of the said terrorists are not in the targeted populated areas. Instead, this is just a dirty and cynical ploy by the regime and its supporters to force inhabitants to flee in preparation for complete demographic change in Syria, as has already been seen in Aleppo, Homs, Zabadani, Dariya, Quosair, etc.

Syrians are witnessing the massacre of our people, under international and official disability and in the face of the United Nations’ reluctance to issue any resolution obliging Russia and the Syrian regime to stop these abuses. The regime is blatantly circumventing the international community and ignoring UN resolutions in its use of chemical weapons,  it is preventing the United Nations from providing medicines and medical equipment to the victims and is stealing most of the food aid intended for civilians.

We, the undersigned, are a wide representation of Syrian civil society. We call on the international community represented by the General Assembly of the United Nations, and on all secretaries of the international and regional organizations, including the Arab league, to act immediately to issue a binding decision to achieve the following:

  1. To force an immediate cease-fire and a dispatch of international observers to all areas of combat in Syria. Such a plan should include an accurate implementation mechanism to avoid repeating the tragedy of forcible evacuation of civilians and to spare their areas from being handed over to hostile militias or to the regime (as was the case in implementing resolution 2328 for the city of Aleppo), and to prohibit using the pretext of “fighting terrorism” in bombing populated cities and areas (as is the case now in implementing resolution 2401). We also point out that, since the Security Council has been held hostage by a permanent member (Russia) who is a key partner and vital supporter of the regime in the continuation of the Syrian holocaust, it is not acceptable to wait until the permanent members of the Security Council reach concord on saving the Syrian people and their country.
  2. To ensure safe return of all refugees and displaced persons and give the people the right to demonstrate and organize sit-ins and protests in the presence of free media to express their opinions without repression or threats.
  3. To de-legitimize the Syrian regime, which has not only persisted in its war of genocide against the Syrian people, but is still deceiving the international community and flagrantly violates the resolutions of the United Nations.
  4. To release all detainees and provide records on those whose fate is unknown.
  5. To refer the Syrian file to the International Criminal Court.

With regard to a political solution in Syria, the signatories stress the significance of adherence to the Geneva approach 1 and the UN resolutions 2118 and 2254 in order to eliminate the tyrannical regime with all its pillars, and to achieve a political process with set goals and a timetable for the establishment of a democratic state whose constitution is committed to equal rights and of citizenship for all without distinction as to race, creed, belief or sex.

We affirm that as Syrians we are an unarmed people being besieged, surrounded by an international suspicious silence which can only be interpreted as not only approving what is happening, but complicit, overseeing it and directing the implementation and completion of the annihilation   of the Syrian people.

List of Signatories of the Plea to stop war in Ghouta & Syria, and to send International Observers

Residence Title Name Sr
France Syrian writer & Politician Fayez Sarah 1
Jolan,Syr Doctor of medicine Dr.Ali AbuAwwad 2
UAE Former Syr Minister & Ambassador Dr.Riyad Nassan Agha 3
Washington Writer & Researcher Marah Bukai 4
Germany Legal Consultant Eisa Ibrahim 5
Germany Syrian Artist Abdul Hakim Kutaifan 6
Sweden writer Bassam Yousef 7
Germany Novelist & Poet Ibrahim Aljabin 8
UAE Prof. Philosophy Dr.Ahmed Barqawee 9
Washington Writer & media person Tawfeeq Alhallaq 10
Damascus Ali Alabdullah Ali AlAbdullah 11
UK Poet & Head of Syrian Writers Association Nouri Al jarrah 12
Germany Inventor & University Professor Prof. Adnan Wahood 13
USA Phd. Engineering Dr. Saleh Almubarak 14
Switzerland Journalist Ghassan AlMefleh 15
Canada Writer Michael Saad 16
USA Phd. Engineering Dr. Fadel AlKhateeb 17
Palestine Writer & journalist Mohammad Manasra 18
Belgium Journalist  & writer Abdullah Maksoor 19
Germany Human rights lawyer Tareq Hookan 20
Germany Novelist & Writer Mufeed Nijm 21
Alswaida Syr Engineer Bayan H.Salha 22
France Writer & journalist Mishal Aladawi 23
Kuwait Mechanical Engineer Mustafa Hadeed 24
Egypt Mem. Egypt. Association for Int’l Law Yousef M. Almetany 25
Turkey Political activist Abdulbari Othman 26
New York Journalist & media Issam Khoury 27
Germany Writer Ahmad Sulaiman 28
Brussel Judge ( previously) Mahasen Fateh 29
Sweden Engineer Akram Al Safadi 30
Turkey President of Syrian Writers Forum Sobhi Dosooqi 31
Alswaida Syr Human right activist Ala Jasser 32
Gulan Syr. Former prisoner in Israeli jails Hayel Hassan Abu Jabal 33
Gulan Syr. Former prisoner & detainee Israeli & Syr. jails Mohamad Naana 34
Lebanon Engineer Maytha AlMubarak 35
France Artist Louis Abdelkareem 36
Canada Engineer Anwar Alomar 37

 

Cont’d 2

List of Signatories of the Plea ……….

Residence Titel Name Sr
Lebanon Teacher Daad Horooq 38
UAE Economic Expert Wesam Ashti 39
Austeria Social Activist Mary Therese Kriake 40
Alswaida Syr. University Student Shadi Aldobaisi 41
Alsuwaida Syr. Former detainee Ghyath Saeed 42
Russia Retired translator Adel Mousa 43
Germany Doctor of Medicine Dr. Talal Mando 44
Algeria Retired teacher Sareeh Atasia 45
USA Expatriate Coordination Sawsan Raslan 46
USA TV Cameraman Michel Younadam 47
Austria Expatriate Coordination Dina Alatasi 48
Sweden Syrian Palestinian activist Abdullah Alwaly 49
France journalist Hussein Alzoabi 50
Canada Drama director Ghayth Ghariba 51
Syria Relief worker Mohamad Kamel Alkhalaf 52
Syria General coordinator , displaced com. Homs Ghylan Atasi 53
Qatar Political activist Alan Khudraki 54
USA Retired Engineer Younadam Younadam 55
Lebanon Political Activist Rakan Rajoub 56
Cech Engineer / People Party Louay Skaf 57
Qatar Member, the executive office,  tribal council Jihad Mohd Alfaoori 58
The Netherlands Writer & Journalist Majdoleen Alrefaee 59
UAE Engineer Riyad Alsoofi 60
Turkey Teacher Fakhr Shalab Elsham 61
France Relief activist Ahmad Alhameed 62
France Free business Khalid Almesri 63
USA Free Business Rozkallah Shakoor 64
Florida Fine Artist Sohair Alsebaee 65
Turkey Media Activist Wehad Alhaj Essa 66
Sweden Civil activist Sami Dawood 67
Lebanon Retired school headmaster Rasha Harooq 68
Qatar Retired translator Nahedh A.Sulaiman 69
France Writer & journalsit Asad Alfakhri 70
Sweden Doctor of Medicine Dr. Dorayed Jaboor 71
Greece Engineer Nezar Balboos 72
UAE Fine Artist Rabeea Alakhras 73
Lebanon Political writer Masaoud Mohamad 74
Germany teacher Hussein Alhaj Hussein 75

Cont’d 3

List of Signatories of the Plea ……..

Residence Title Name Sr
Finland Democratic People Party Ahmad Alsherqat 76
Canada Artist Sulaiman Attaya 77
Ukrain Activist Khalid Jamal 78
Poet / Syrian Middle Party Waleed Ghalib Alhusaina 79
Palestin Poet Turki Amer 80
Turky Writer & Journalist Hafez Qarqoot 81
Canada Writer Abdulrahman Matter 82
Canada Human right activist Hamad Murad 83
Spain sculptor Assem Elbacha 84
France Lawyer & Activist Ibrahim Malki 85
Stockholm Activist teacher Raghda Zeino 86
Kiev اUniversity Professor Salah Saleh 87
Turkey Dentist Dr. Abbas Moheb Aldeen 88
Egypt Architecture Ahmad Shaqlab 89
Turkey Writer & media person Osama Aghi 90
Belgium Cartoonist Hussam Alsadi 91
Saudi Cartoonist Kameran Shamdeen 92
Saudi Media person Ali Mohamad Taha 93
UAE Contractor Ali Zahreldeen 94
Norway Syrian Palestinian Engineer Jamal Yanes 95
Lebanon Activist Waleed Saleh 96
Turkey Engineer Samar Alooni 97
Turkey Activist Hend Aqeel 98
UAE Retired teacher Hayel M. Meshal turkawi 99
Germany Activist Yousef Alkhateeb 100
Arz Alasmar 101
Journalist Ali Alayed 102
Journalist Ahmad Mawlood Altayar 103
Writer Khedr Alagha 104
Engineer Ali Jarrah 105
Artist Bassam Qutaifan 106
Writer & Activist Fadi Kahloos 107
Doctor of medicine Ossama Bakeer 108

 

 

 

Cont’d 4

List of Signatories of the Plea ……….

Residence Title Name Sr
Teacher Mahmoud Alqaddah 109
Activist Ahmad Arabi 110
Civil Engineer Ismael Alashqar 111
Lawyer Abdulhakeem Ghanoom 112
Journalist Fadi Adam Saad 113
Journalist Mustafa Aloosh 114
Human right activist Hassan Husein 115
Economist Nabeel Marzooq 116
Activist Easa Break 117
Activist Marwan Alach 118
Sumaya Tayara 119
Engineer Ali Jaraah 120
Free business Samer Aslan 121
The Netherlands Fred Gurée Como 122
بوسطن Youla Hanna 123
Maysoon Helwani 124
Fawaz Kanao 125
Shebli Khayzaran 126
Ghassan Helala 127
Saad Albaroodi 128
Ghada Ezazi 129
Shaza Khezam 130
Sami Dawood 131
Noora Nawful 132
Hayfa Alhaj Hussein 133
Noori Alhaj Hussein 134
Mohamad Alkurdi 135
Ziad naddaf 136
Hassaan nasri 137
Turkey Yaser Yaseen 138
Mustafa Al Shihawee 139

 

 

 

بيان: قبل أن تصبح الغوطة مقبرة الأمم المتحدة والضمير الانساني ….

 

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