Syria describes as “most dangerous” country for Christians and other religious minorities. War-torn Syria topped the list of countries most vulnerable to genocides, mass killings, or systematic tyranny by terror outfits and rebels. This is the second year, when the country has consecutively topped the charts.
Minority Rights Groups, an advocacy and charity group compiled an online report, Peoples Under Threat interactive map which portrayed countries across the globe, where people are most vulnerable to genocidal killings.
In this regard, Director of Minority Rights Group, Mark Lattimer stated, “Peoples Under Threat demonstrates that although the prediction of mass killing has improved substantially since the 1990s, prevention mechanisms are still woefully inadequate. In particular in 2016, there is a global failure to address the needs of highly vulnerable internally displaced populations, making new refugee flight only a matter of time.”
Since August 2015, more than 0.25 million people have been killed, owing to regime-rebels war, terror groups’ violence. The country suffers heavy loss of lives as a result of indiscriminate bombardment with the by Syrian and Russian aircraft. As a result, more than four million people have fled form the country.
“Just in South Sudan and Iraq, for example, there are five million internally displaced victims of ethnic or sectarian persecution, but the UN’s crisis response plans are barely one-quarter funded. Meanwhile, the situation in the two most significant refugee embarkation points for Europe, Libya and Turkey, is rapidly deteriorating,” Mark Lattimer said.
According to United States Commission for International Religious Freedom, 2016 report,” Syria’s religious communities are largely deprived of religious freedom due to the actions of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, elements of the armed opposition, and U.S.-designated terrorist groups, in particular the al-Qaeda affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), among others.”
“The death toll is significantly greater than 250,000 according to most sources. As of January 2016, more than 4.7 million Syrians
were registered with UNHCR as refugees in neighboring countries, more than 6.5 million were internally displaced, and over 140,000 children had been born stateless, “USCIRF stated regarding the five years long conflict in the country.