Qatar’s refusal to normalise with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad earned the country praise from officials for standing against injustice.
The head of the National Commission on the Affairs of Detainees and Missing Persons Yasser Al-Farhan praised Qatar‘s stance in supporting Syrians against human rights abuses in the war-torn country.
In a recent visit to Qatar, the Syrian opposition official highlighted Doha’s continuous efforts to assist victims of the conflict, expressing his gratitude for the Gulf state’s refusal to normalise with the regime and instead continuing to hold war criminals accountable.
“We highly appreciate Qatar’s noble role in supporting documentation projects and international investigation committees to hold criminals accountable,” Al-Farhan added to local Al Raya newspaper.
Syrians have faced more than a decade of war crimes and injustice, the official said, calling for the establishment of an organisation to draw up strategies and operational mechanisms to hold criminals accountable and secure a safe transfer of power.
Since the crisis erupted in 2011, Qatar has advocated openly for for Syrians and joined the international organisation to protect them from the ongoing genocide committed by the Assad regime, he added.
Qatar has been working relentlessly to solve the war and help those affected by providing aid to displaced families and refugees. This includes providing food, medical and financial aid to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees around the world to ease their suffering during these hard times.
Doha’s diplomacy played an important role in advocating for human rights in international forums and UN Human Rights Council meetings, shedding light on war crimes committed against Syrians, he said.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR], there are now 13.4 million people in need of humanitarian and protection assistance in Syria, 6.7 internally displaced persons, and a total of 6.6 million Syrian refugees worldwide.
In recent years, Qatar has ramped up calls for a political resolution to the ongoing conflict and has in recent months stepped in to play a substantial role in trilateral peace efforts with Turkey and Russia.
In a statement just days after the announcement, Qatar’s Assistant Foreign Minister and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lolwah Al-Khater doubled down on calls for a political solution in Syria to ensure sovereignty and stability.
Doha has also been particularly focused on prioritising the return of refugees within the framework of the Geneva Convention.