FIOE: the massacre at Tremseh is an indictment of international inability to protect the Syrian people

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) received with grief and shock, news of the latest massacre committed by the Syrian regime’s forces in the village of Tremseh, near Hama, which claimed hundreds of innocent victims. Reports indicate that the Syrian regime’s forces used the most powerful means of killing and destruction to commit this massacre, which is an addition to the series of atrocities that continue against Syrian population centres.

The Federation condemns in the strongest terms these crimes, which represent a new episode in the series of mass killing perpetrated by the Syrian regime, its armed forces and gangs of security thugs. The regime continues to terrorise the Syrian people after nearly a year and a half, with thousands of fallen innocent victims, in full view and hearing of the world, while the international monitoring mission continues its work in the country.

This massacre, and other incidents of mass killing perpetrated daily against civilians, would not have occurred were it not for the international powerlessness regarding the situation in Syria. It has become quite clear that international bodies have shown lamentable laxity, and have not fulfilled their commitments to the Syrian people and their just cause, standing by with tied hands while the mass killing of innocents intensifies.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) calls upon the Arab League, the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and the United Nations to discharge their responsibilities towards the Syrian people. It is not acceptable that the Syrian people are abandoned to fall prey to the deadly killing machine, in what represents a historic sin tarnishing the record of the international community. It is expected that the European Union and Council of Europe express firm and effective positions that satisfy the established commitments to human rights and liberties of peoples.

On this tragic occasion, the Federation renews its fraternal solidarity with the Syrian people, who face massacres and atrocities for merely demanding freedom, democratic change, and an end to tyranny. The Federation also expresses its condolences to the families of the victims and prays to Allah for the swift recovery of those injured, and that Syria and its people achieve freedom and security in the nearest future.

Brussels, 14 July 2012

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe