BEIRUT: Lebanon's Human Rights Parliamentary Committee Tuesday condemned the “terrorist takfiri” attacks on the Army, calling for the regulation of the Syrian refugees’ status in Lebanon.
Two days after the committee announced it would convene in solidarity with Gaza, members of the committee met in the presence of human rights and civil society representatives and released a series of stances and recommendations over Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq.
“We condemn the takfiri terrorist attack on the Lebanese Army bases in the eastern mountain range,” the committee’s statement said, “as well as the invasion of the Lebanese Arsal town and the assassination of a number of civilians and soldiers.”
It called on “fraternal states and the states of the free world” to cut all funding to the terrorist organizations.
The MPs called on the government to regulate the status of Syrian refugees “especially that their numbers have become equal to the third of the Lebanese population.”
They also called on government to increase Army recruitment and supply it with the necessary weapons and equipment, while hailing its efforts to maintain its sovereignty over all Lebanese territory.
Separately, the committee expressed “total solidarity with the Palestinian people, especially in the Gaza Strip, in light of the terrorist bloody Israeli official assault, which is mainly targeting children, women and elderly.”
It saluted the “valiant resistance confronting the Israeli war machine,” calling for breaking the “oppressive siege” imposed on Gaza and the release of the Palestinian detainees, especially the MPs among them.
In this vein, the MPs called on the international community to take the necessary steps to prosecute Israel as a “war criminal” and on the Arab countries to form a high Arab council for the reconstruction of Gaza.
The statement also touched on the crimes by the fundamentalist group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria against Christians of Iraq.
It called on the Vatican and the Islamic religious authorities worldwide “to exert pressure on the governments of the world and the [U.N.] Security Council to dry the springs of takfiri terrorism and return Mosul’s Christians back to their homes.”
The committee also called for an international movement to hold ISIS accountable for its practices in Iraq, which would include efforts by the Security Council, the Islamic Conference Organization and the Arab League.