Accountability and redress for the children of Syria

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09/23/2014
Gianluca Eramo

Accountability and redress for the children of Syria


On the occasion of the 27th Session of the UN Human Rights Council and the 67th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, No Peace Without Justice and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty, convened in Geneva the Side Event “Syria: Focus on Children” held on 16 September 2014 with the co-sponsorship of the Governments of Italy, Belgium, France, Liechtenstein and Qatar. Keynote speakers included: H.E. Ms. Noora Al-Amir, Vice President of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Amb. Peter Matt, Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the UN, Mr. Haitham Al Maleh, President
of the Legal Committee of the Syrian Coalition, Mr Fedaa Al Majzoub, Member of the Syrian National Movement and Mr Bassam Al Ahmad, Violations Documention Center.

What is happening in Syria is a humanitarian and human rights disaster that disproportionately affects civilians, particularly children and young people. The purpose of the event was to highlight the gross human rights violations that continue to be committed on a daily basis across Syria and
promote accountability as a crucial and effective mean to serve the cause of peace and security.

Providing accountability for the crimes and ensuring the participation of children and young people is the only way to help breaking the cycle of impunity that is ravaging Syria. Accountability needs to become the centerpiece of any international efforts to bring justice for the Syrian people, ensure today’s children can grow up in a safe and secure environment and prevent cycles of violence in future generations.

 

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