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Input from PAX for the 5th of April 2017 conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”.
In this Alert, PAX calls on the EU and its member states to come with a clear policy on reconstruction efforts in Syria. How will displaced population be consulted and their rights protected in the reconstruction process? If European leaders neglect to put in place to clear, principled conditions – and to stick to them – they risk paying a war crimes dividend to the Syrian government.
Furthermore international monitors – whether from the UN or another third-party stakeholder – should be immediately deployed into communities that have been forced to surrender to the Syrian government to ensure that vulnerable civilians are not being subjected to continuing human rights and IHL violations.