Human Rights Watch criticizes Kerry for his role in Syria talks

The criticism sounded by the Human Rights Watch chief comes amid a wider attack by the Syrian opposition on Kerry, claiming that he accepted diktats from Russia and Iran regarding the Geneva talks.

By
February 1, 2016 13:22
2 minute read.
Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth

Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth . (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, criticized US Secretary of State John Kerry for not exerting pressure on Russia and Iran to force their ally, Syrian president Bashar Assad, to end the siege on the town of Madaya.

Roth's remarks appeared in a post he wrote on his Twitter account in response to a tweet written by Kerry on Sunday. The US secretary of state voiced concern over the situation in Madaya, saying: "In Madaya, Syrians have been reduced to eating grass and leaves. Assad has responded with a siege, landmines, barbed wire to keep food out." Responding to this, Roth turned to Kerry saying: "So why aren’t you publicly pressing Russia & Iran to force him to stop. Create conditions for Geneva talks to work."

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.




The criticism sounded by the Human Rights Watch chief comes amid a wider attack by the Syrian opposition on Kerry, claiming that he accepted diktats from Russia and Iran regarding the Geneva talks that were scheduled to start on January 29, but have not started yet.

In what may be perceived to be an attempt to placate the Kurds for their expected absence from the talks, an American delegation headed by US President Barack Obama's special envoy for the international coalition against ISIS, Brett McGurk, arrived on Monday in the Kurdish town of Kobani to discuss the fight against ISIS with senior Kurdish officials.

One of the Syrian-Kurdish leaders the American delegation met with was Salih Muslim, the chairman of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), who was supposed to lead the Kurdish delegation in Geneva but was forced not to participate in the talks following Turkey's opposition.

 In an interview with al-Hayat newspaper, Muslim claimed that American Deputy Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, assured him that the PYD would participate in Geneva talks. The visit of the American delegation to Kobani, and especially these assurances to PYD, could potentially anger Ankara.
 

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

November 21, 2018
Report finds antisemitism remains in Saudi textbooks

By MICHAEL WILNER