Target: Secretary General of United Nations, Ban Ki-moon
Goal: Convict all forces in Syria of war crimes
The civil war that is ravaging Syria is taking its toll, and the death count continues to rise higher and higher. A recent warning issued by the United Nations human rights chief told opposition forces that their executions violate international law and amount to war crimes. The death toll has almost reached 100,000 people, not counting those who have been captured and tortured by Syrian forces. It is time that the United Nations convict all forces in Syria of war crimes.
Reports continue to flood in detailing mass executions taking place in the northern part of Syria. Syria has continued killing civilians and fighters who weren’t participating with the armed opposition groups. Eyewitnesses report that those who were captured in the beginning of January 2014, have since been executed. International law prohibits violence to life and person, including murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment, and torture at any time and under all circumstances. Syria has definitely violated these laws.
During the course of the civil war, Syria has not only opened fire on its people, but has harmed them with chemical weapons and air strikes. Armed forces have targeted hospitals and schools, and taken hostages for capture and torture. Many live under the threat of snipers and suicide bombers. Military forces have leveled buildings and do not discriminate between who they kill, even if the victim does not participate in hostile forces. Gross human rights violations have been committed by both the pro and anti government forces, and the conflict will soon enter its fourth year.
It is time for the United Nations to begin preparing a case against Syria and convict the perpetrators of war crimes. Not only have 100,000 people lost their lives to the conflict, 9 million others have fled to neighboring countries. Syria’s problem has now become a problem for neighboring countries who have taken on refugees.
Dear Secretary Ban Ki-moon,
As the secretary general of the United Nations, I ask that your organization make preparations to convict Syria of war crimes. The civil war that has ravaged the country for almost four years needs to conclude, and those responsible for the death, destruction, and trauma should be held accountable.
I have no doubt that you are aware of the gross violations Syria has committed to their own people, but for their sake, I feel the need to reiterate. Syria has opened fire on their citizens with not only gunfire, but with chemical weapons and air strikes. The war has toppled buildings, resulted in the loss of life, the capture and torture of both adults and children, and forced 9 million people to flee the conflict to neighboring countries. Many of these refugees continue to suffer despite seeking asylum, particularly the women.
Syria’s civil war is not the country’s problem anymore, it has become the problem of neighboring countries as well because they are forced to look after the refugees who have fled. All forces in Syria, whether they are government or opposition forces, need to be tried in the court of law and punished for their crimes.
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