World cannot stay silent on crimes in Syria: French FM

Jean-Marc Ayrault accuses Syrian regime of systematic, arbitrary crimes, praises volunteer rescue group White Helmets

World cannot stay silent on crimes in Syria: French FM

World Bulletin / News Desk

The world does not have a right to remain silent to the systematic and arbitrary crimes being committed in the Syrian city of Aleppo, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Thursday.

Speaking at an award ceremony in Berlin to present the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights, Ayrault voiced concern over the Syrian regime’s heavy bombardment of Aleppo.

"The international community often turns a blind eye, but in light of these massacres we do not have a right to remain silent,” he said.

Ayrault praised the work of the White Helmets, a group of volunteer rescue workers in Syria, this year’s winner of the special Franco-German human rights prize.

"Syrian White Helmets fight for human dignity in a total war where civilians have become the victims of a repression that does not end,” Ayraul said.

“You remind us that human rights are not reserved to just a few people, you remind us that universal rights are universal, and indivisible,” he added.

Within the last two weeks, some 700 civilians have reportedly been killed in eastern Aleppo amid persistent attacks by the regime and its allies.

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