Australia condemns Syria at UN and pushes back against Russia

March 24, 2018 | By | Reply More

Australia has fiercely condemned the Syrian government for its continuing atrocities against civilians, which have included bombing hospitals, using illegal chemical weapons and deliberately trying to starve a civilian population, in a statement to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

australia-condemns-syriaAnd Australia has pushed back firmly against Russia, which has tried to soften criticism of the Syrian regime.

A resolution condemning the Syrian regime was passed by the council 27 votes to 4 – with 16 abstentions – saying Syria’s actions probably “constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity” and again urging that a 30-day ceasefire be upheld.

The vote came shortly after a new ceasefire deal was brokered that could allow the evacuation of tens of thousands of civilians and fighters from the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta under guarantees from Syria’s ally Russia.

The charge d’affaires of Australia’s mission to the UN in Geneva, Lachlan Strahan, told the council “it is clear the human rights are being systematically violated in Syria”.

“The use of chemical weapons, indiscriminate weapons, attacks on hospitals, denial of humanitarian access, attacks on civilians, the use of siege and starvation tactics, the persecution of minorities, and a disturbing level of impunity for wrongdoing have been tragic hallmarks of this conflict.”

Systematic airstrikes by Russian and Syrian forces on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, just outside Damascus, have killed up to 1500 people in a month.

Up to 400,000 people were trapped in the city, which had been besieged for five years, and had faced sustained bombardment over weeks. In recent days thousands of people have fled through Russian-created “humanitarian corridors”, but tens of thousands remain.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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