WCC urges end to ‘culture of impunity’ in Syria

Published April 7, 2017

The World Council of Churches (WCC) General Secretary, the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, has called for a cultural shift as he expressed deep sympathy to the families of the victims of  a suspected nerve gas attack in Idlib province in Syria.

Multiple news sources have confirmed that more than 70 people have died, including 20 children, in the village of Khan Sheikhoun.

“This attack and many other airstrikes have been targeting civilian populations, including vulnerable children and women,” said Tveit. “The World Council of Churches believes that these attacks, as well as so many other war crimes, crimes against humanity and unbearable atrocities, are sadly still taking place against an innocent civil population because the culture of impunity is maintained in Syria and the whole region.”

Tveit urged the UN Security Council to put an end to this impunity by investigating these crimes and establishing mechanisms of accountability that will bring all those responsible to trial.

“The WCC expresses its deep sympathy with the families of the victims, and prays that God may grant them comfort and heal their wounds,” concluded Tveit. “We also pray the God of justice and peace to accompany the Syrian people in these critical and painful moments.”

Statement by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit


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