The besieged town of Madaya in Syria which has 40,000 residents has witnessed international silence as thousands die from hunger. Crimes are committed by the armed Hezbollah and Syrian forces with children and adults being victims. Circulating photographs of their thin and frail bodies craving food were widespread in the media.
The number of deaths has escalated in Madaya during the last few days where more than 30 individuals have died from hunger and tens of thousands are feared to face the same fate because of the shortage of food in the town besieged for 7 t anddog mea or eat cat Hunger has forced some people in Madaya to months. leaves from trees.
The situation has worsened in Madaya and according to doctors at the Madaya Civil hospital the people's health has deteriorated. Thirty cases of food poisoning have arrived to the hospital after eating olive tree leaves, the only green foliage following the freezing weather.
It is estimated that up to 200 civilians pass out from malnutrition threatening the lived of thousands of residents in the besieged Madaya. According to residents the prices of limited food products have sky rocketed. This is unprecedented where one kilogram of infants' formula sells at $US 150 while sugar has reached over $US 153. They added that Hezbollah militants have placed a price at checkpoints exchanging rifles and firearms for 10 kg of food and a motorbike for another 10 kg, while 15 kg of food costs a car.
The sufferings escalated following the snow storms which hit the country recently with no source of warmth and a shortage of electricity. A large number of elderly citizens and children have been moved to local medical centres as more and more fall ill and pass out. The crisis is increasing every moment and the lives of the besieged people are threatened in Madaya and West Damascus amid international silence making it an accomplice in the crime against humanity.
HRM confirms that what is going on in Madaya is a crime against humanity article mandated in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court adopted by the United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court on 17 July 1998. Entry into force: 1 July 2002, in accordance with article 126.
Article 5 in particular asserts 1. The jurisdiction of the Court shall be limited to the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole. The Court has jurisdiction in accordance with this Statute with respect to the following crimes:
(a) The crime of genocide;
(b) Crimes against humanity;
(c) War crimes;
(d) The crime of aggression.
2. The Court shall exercise jurisdiction over the crime of aggression once a provision is adopted in accordance with articles 121 and 123 defining the crime and setting out the conditions under which the Court shall exercise jurisdiction with respect to this crime. Such a provision shall be consistent with the relevant provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.
HRM calls on the Arab League, the United Nations and UN special envoy to Syria to shoulder their responsibilities towards the civilians and to take urgent action to save the lives of innocent people and to end the besiege and allow the entry of aid convoys. It urges all human rights organizations to do their part and pressure the international community and governments to save the people of Madaya in particular and Syria in general.
Last month the UN had worked towards a cease fire in Zabdani and Foua with agreements to end the siege on Madaya. The exchange of injured opposition was overseen however the UN did not follow through and supervise the agreement which highlighted that the people of Madaya receive food and medication.
HRM condemns the Syrian regime's and members of Hezbollah actions politicizing the siege putting pressure on the people to be a substitute hoping to take over Shia villages controlled by the Syrian regime.
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HRM expresses its concern and urges relief be sent as soon as possible as chartered in the UN agreement 2139 and 2258. It calls for the Madaya and Syrian citizens to be protected and to save them from imminent death because of the siege placed on them or the continued airstrikes which has already ended the lives of one million people according to human rights organizations.