Bishop of St Albans asks about war crimes allegations against Syrian Army

On 26th October 2020 the Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question on alleged war crimes by the Syrian National Army.

Lord Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 October (HL8334), what plans they have to disclose the government of Turkey’s response to the representations made by UK officials over allegations that the Syrian National Army may have committed war crimes against Kurdish civilians in Afrin and the surrounding area. [HL8990]

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: We have no plans to disclose Turkey’s response to the representations by UK officials about allegations made against the Syrian National Army. On 22 September, we highlighted our concerns at the UN Human Rights Council’s Interactive Dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria. We will continue to raise allegations of human rights abuses regularly with all parties to the Syrian conflict, and call on all parties to the conflict to respect international law.

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