HOW A FRENCH CHARITY BUILT TIES WITH PRO-ASSAD CHRISTIAN MILITIAS

A report from Bellingcat on 4 November concerned with French humanitarian NGO SOS Chrétiens d’Orient (SOSCO).  It is alleged that support has gone to Syrian warlords leading pro-Assad militias accused of war crimes.  As one researcher for Human Rights Watch believes, SOSCO’s support for them violates the humanitarian principles of neutrality and impartiality and could make the NGO complicit in war crimes.  The charity describes itself as “an apolitical NGO” that works to support Christians across the Middle East, as well as in Ethiopia, Pakistan and Armenia.  The founders are described as French far right activists who met while in police custody after being arrested at a protest against same sex marriage in Paris in 2013. It is said that SOSCO now has several permanent offices across regime-held territories in Syria and collects around €7 million in donations every year.  In September, SOSCO denied having any knowledge of the war crimes allegations.

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2020/11/04/how-a-french-charity-built-ties-with-pro-assad-christian-militias/

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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