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Human Rights Violations In Aleppo: Why The War Must End Now

14/12/2016 10:16 GMT | Updated 14/12/2016 10:16 GMT
Abdalrhman Ismail / Reuters

Why should innocent Syrian civilians have to pay the price for violence that has been prevalent in the country since the uprising against Bashar al Assad? This is a question I have asked throughout many years of reporting on human rights issues in the Middle East.

The humanitarian crisis in Syria has escalated beyond belief showing both the Syrian regime and Russia as expressing a complete breakdown in compassion to humanity.

The UN has reported that Syrian pro-government forces in eastern Aleppo have been killing people, including women and children, on the spot in their homes and on the street.

Thousands of innocent civilians including children are reportedly trapped in the last remaining neighbourhoods which are facing disturbing bombardment.

Not surprisingly, Russia, has rejected calls for a humanitarian truce and are blaming the atrocities on "terrorist groups".

The fact that innocent lives are being taken, devalued in a bloody war that has been ongoing is one that the UN needs to counteract. People around the world are appalled at the inhumane scenes that are emerging on social media of innocent civilians being attacked and killed.

In an heartbreaking statement, Bana Alabed, a 7-year old-child in Aleppo, said "I am talking to the world now live from East #Aleppo. This is my last moment to either live or die."

Political leaders around the world need to take decisive action in order for innocent victims of the crisis to be given the justice they deserve and the appropriate humanitarian assistance. It is unjustifiable to allow civilians as young as newborn babies to undergo this suffering.

The atrocities taking place in Syria have heightened due to the fact that Russia need to be held accountable for the violation of human rights.

The International Criminal Court can therefore provide a means of investigating and prosecuting those held responsible for the crisis in Syria and give innocent civilians the justice that they deserve.

There are many obstacles that we need to overcome in order to expose the intolerances of governments and the many accounts of human rights violations that remain in the world today.

Powerful states continually manipulate the law and try their best to conceal their crimes from international criticism for their own political advantage, however when crimes are being done openly leaders need to take action to make those accountable be brought to justice.