International Human Rights Day

On International Human Rights Day, thousands of Syrian victims are waiting for justice

The victims of the war in Syria have not yet received justice, and the killer who fought them with iron and fire was not subjected to legal accountability for all his killing, destruction, and displacement in Syria.

The International Day for Human Rights passes every year by the afflicted Syrians, wondering without receiving an answer,

Will justice ever be achieved?

The world celebrates on the 10th of December of each year the International Day for Human Rights in conjunction with the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, which includes several articles that define human rights and fundamental freedoms that must be enjoyed by all individual in the world.

The United Nations chose a theme for the 2021 celebration, titled “Reducing Inequality and Advancing Human Rights Action” to highlight the principles of equality and non-discrimination, and Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which begins with “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

Human Rights Day includes several events, political conferences, and meetings, this day is also dedicated to the announcement of the United Nations Prize in the field of human rights, in addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, and many campaigns and celebrations held by human rights organizations and activists.

What do the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights focus on?

The 30 articles of the Declaration focus on human freedom, dignity, and the preservation of human rights. but unfortunately, we see in Syria that more than 14,000 people were killed under torture during ten years of war, even though Article 5 of the Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that no person should be subjected to torture and cruel punishments, and Article 9, which states: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.” Meanwhile, the Assad regime is arbitrarily arresting thousands and displacing millions of its people.

The articles of the Declaration included legal human rights, equality to law and the right to resort to national courts, preserving the private lives of citizens, guaranteeing their rights to immigration and residence, the right to enjoy a nationality, and not to deprive anyone of his nationality or change it, as well as preserving freedoms of opinion and freedom of thoughts, freedom of expression and the right to participate in the public affairs.

Human rights and the ongoing war in Syria

What has not been hidden from the world’s eyes are all the atrocities and war crimes that Syria has experienced for more than ten years until today as a result of the regime attacks on the defenseless people who came out demanding their rights, the rights which were mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights such as freedom, dignity, equality, and justice

According to the statistics of the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the war in Syria left 228,000 civilians dead from March 2011 until September 2021. where the regime is responsible for the deaths of more than 200,000 civilians, among whom are nearly 29,000 women and 30,000 Children from March 2011 to November 2021.

Much hasn’t been mentioned yet, among other violations, the world’s largest forced migration crisis, with millions displaced inside and outside the state, in addition to the recruitment of children, denial of their right to education, civil restrictions, housing, and medical care.

Vulnerable and displaced people in refugee camps in northwestern Syria and neighboring countries hope that they will find someone who will achieve justice and restore their stolen rights, including property, freedoms, and other rights after they were forcibly displaced, and many of them lost their homes, children, and relatives.In the prisons run by the regime’s forces, detainees’ cries reach the sky, wishing to be saved from these dungeons of death.

  1. United Nations
  2. The Syrian Network for Human Rights

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