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A report by Sir Howard Morrison KC, former Judge of the ICC, on the environmental damage caused by the Syrian war has been released, in light of President Bashar Al-Assad’s invitation to attend the COP28 summit at the end of November in the UAE. The full report is available here.
The report highlights the extensive environmental damage caused by the war in Syria including deforestation, oil spills, acid rain, and major health problems for Syrians. It recommends that Assad’s invitation by the UAE to COP28 is rescinded. The report emphasises that the UAE’s invitation to Assad risks the summit being misused in order to ‘greenwash’ the widespread environmental crimes that Assad and his armed forces have perpetrated in Syria. The environmental effects of his war on the country should instead be addressed at COP28.
The report has been commissioned by exiled victims of the Syrian conflict who are represented by Rodney Dixon KC, assisted by Anisa Kassamali.
There will be an event to launch the report held at Parliament today, 8 November 2023 at 6pm. Sir Howard Morrison KC and Rodney Dixon KC will be speaking, together with Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP (Labour) and Henry Smith MP (Conservative).
The invitation to the event today is available here for anyone interested to attend.