Friday, 22 April 2016

German Federal Foreign Office Press Release: Human Rights Commissioner Kofler on the kidnapping of Syrian bishops three years ago





Human Rights Commissioner Kofler on the kidnapping of Syrian bishops three years ago

21.04.2016
On the third anniversary of the kidnapping of the Syrian archbishops Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi near Aleppo, Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement in Berlin:
All too often during the Syria conflict, we hear of the kidnapping of members of religious orders. This is a source of great concern. On the third anniversary of the kidnapping of the archbishops Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi, I call for their immediate and unconditional release. The conflict in Syria affects everyone: Arabs, Kurds and Assyrians; Muslims, Christians, Druze and all other religious and ethnic groups. This makes it all the more important that we create momentum for a successful outcome of the current talks in Geneva between the various Syrian groups to reach a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Background information:

22 April 2016 marks the third anniversary of the kidnapping of the Syrian-Orthodox archbishop Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and the Greek-Orthodox archbishop Boulos Yazigi. The bishops were kidnapped near the city of Aleppo. To date, all efforts to ensure the bishops’ release have been unsuccessful.