Following the launch of our campaign to stop the atrocities against children in Syria, Foreign Secretary William Hague has given his full support in the following statement:
"I wholeheartedly support this campaign by Save The Children and the vital work they are doing in refugee camps in the region to create a stable environment for Syrian children and provide them with psychological support. At a time when children around the world are returning to school for the new academic year, Syrian children are enduring bombardment, displacement, deprivation and even torture. When I visited the Jordanian border with Syria I met young children who witnessed the killing of their relatives, who had walked for weeks to escape the violence, and who face all the uncertainties and difficulties of life as a refugee.
"The situation in Syria continues to deteriorate and tragically it is the innocent, including large numbers of women and children, who suffer the worst of the consequences. The UN Human Rights Council Independent International Commission of Inquiry has reported human rights violations on an appalling scale and highlighted that the rights of children have been violated by both Syrian Government forces and opposition armed groups.
"The UK has been at the forefront of calls for those responsible for these atrocities to be held to account. UK trained Syrian activists have conducted interviews, with the support of international experts, with victims, defectors from government forces and opposition fighters. We hope this evidence will make a significant contribution to a future process of accountability for those responsible for human rights abuses and violations. We have also supported an extension of the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry’s mandate to continue its work in documenting human rights violations and abuses and will continue to work for the situation in Syria to be referred to the International Criminal Court.
"We will use all diplomatic means available to us to help the Syrian people. At the UN General Assembly this week we will again be seeking the determined, concerted international action that the situation demands, as well as pressing for the Human Rights Council to condemn in clear terms the appalling situation in Syria."