On Friday evening, 13/11/2015, the French capital witnessed terrorist attacks carried out by suicide bombers against civilian targets, leading to the death of 130 people and the injury of tens of others. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The Syrian Human Rights Committee (SHRC) strongly condemns these attacks, affirming the sanctity of the lives of civilians and innocents everywhere. The right to life is at the forefront of the humanitarian values of all religions. This is also reflected in international conventions and treaties.
Since 2011, Syrians have been subjected to continuous violations against their lives which has led to the death of more than four million Syrians, whilst forcing over half of the Syrian population to flee their homes in search of refuge to protect them from the terrorism inflicted upon them by the Syrian regime and its foreign militias, as well as terrorism the regime has encouraged to grow in the country.
Without doubt, the lack of response from the international community in dealing with the continuous and systematic crimes witnessed in Syria over the past five years has greatly increased the role of terrorism in the region and across the world, attracting extreme groups and providing it with tools and materials that have enabled them to plan and implement on a large scale. In turn, this has enabled them to propagate their message on an unprecedented scale.
SHRC points to this direct link between terrorism and the policy of impunity which the international community has been implementing in the region, especially with regards to the Syrian regime. SHRC also calls upon the international community to take firm measures against war criminals and human rights violators, and against those countries that have sponsored terrorism including regimes that made it easy for ISIS to gain weapons- such as the Iraqi government- as well as those that funded the group’s operations through its purchase of oil and through not bombing their headquarters in a clear and systematic manner.