The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joins the rest of the world community and all peace-loving people in condemning the latest heinous crime against humanity that was committed against innocent Syrian civilians on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib Province.

This chemical attack is an escalation in the war on the Syrian people that have severely destroyed the country, killing hundreds of thousands of people and uprooting millions of innocent people. AHRC condemns in the strongest terms the targeting of civilians with the use of any weapons- chemical, barrel bombs, etc. Of all weapons, unconventional weapons such as chemical weapons shock the conscience of the world the most due to their nature. The use of chemical weapons is a war crime and should not go unpunished.

AHRC calls upon the United Nations and the US to pursue a thorough investigation regarding this heinous crime and hold the party responsible accountable. AHRC expresses its profound condolences to the Syrian people and all the families who lost members or friends in this attack. AHRC reaffirms its position that the only solution to the Syrian conflict is through good faith negotiations. The Syrian people have endured tremendous suffering with no end in sight and we urge the UN and the world powers to focus on resolving the conflict, not just managing it.

“The Syrian crisis is one of the most pressing crises in the world today,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “The pictures of the dead women and children should shock the conscience of the world into real action to end the conflict in Syria,” added Hamad.

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