In a statement on its website, the human rights monitoring group said: “SNHR condemns the invitation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran to participate in a meeting of International Syrian Support Group (ISSG), to be held on 17 May in Vienna City.”
They emphasise that the Islamic Republic of Iran and their related militias headed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard are participating in acts that violate standards and are “considered to be war crimes and against humanity in Syria”. They added that this is on top of the regime’s “direct involvement in the suppression of the popular uprising against the Syrian Regime’s President Bashar Al Assad since the early stages”.
The SNHR has also taken note of the regime’s participation in numerous massacres and “large-scale killings” in various parts of Syria.
They also recognise that the Russian Federation’s air forces are also involved with many violations that are considered war crimes. “Russia and Iran cannot, in any way, be in the check box friends or supporters of the Syrian people or the Syrian state; at least in the current stage.”
The SNHR asks for international support in putting pressure on the Iranian regime to “withdraw the militias that are related to it and stop supporting the Syrian regime of various types of weapons after it had proved to be used to commit crimes against humanity and against the Syrian people”. They also call for all the commanders involved, topped by Qasem Sulaimani, to be punished and for compensation for the victims and their families. They added that the Russian Federation “must do the same”.
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