Target: Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth
Goal: Launch an in depth investigation into human rights violations against Syrian civilians by Russian airstrikes.
Russian airstrikes have begun targeting Syria, yet have been aimed at both rebel groups and civilians alike. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks rights violations and death tolls through extensive networking, more than fifty civilians have been killed just this past week due to Russian strikes.
Russia claims that the strikes are targeting ISIS, a spokesman for the States Department, John Kirby, asserts that more than 90 percent of Russian strikes have been against groups, many western backed, that want to rebuild Syria in order to have a better future. According to National Public Radio, residents of rebel-held areas are becoming increasingly worried for their safety.
What is equally as disturbing, is the the New York, United States-based Physicians for Human Rights identified three strikes on October 2nd and October 3rd that caused injuries, damaged medical facilities, and jeopardizing many civilians’ ability to receive urgent care. The Syrian people have suffered long enough. We cannot wait for more civilians to suffer at the ends of anyone. Human rights violations need to be examined.
Dear Mr. Roth,
As Russia’s involvement in Syria has dramatically increased, so has the pain and suffering of the Syrian people. According to Physicians for Human Rights, three Russian airstrikes occurring between October 2nd and the 3rd have damaged medical facilities and caused numerous injuries. “Bashar al-Assad’s forces have been relentlessly attacking Syria’s health care system for the past four years and the Russian government is now following in their footsteps,” Widney Brown, PHR’s director of programs, said in a press release. “With these actions, Russia is damaging hospitals, putting patients and medical staff at risk, and depriving civilians of life-saving access to health care.”
To have airstrikes near hospitals shows a blatant disregard for the sanctity of human life. Putin has his own agenda in Syria and has been targeting groups that are in support of a stronger, more unified Syria. Thus, it is necessary that human rights violations are tracked.
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