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Syrian human right watchers urge countries to boycott 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Russian military must give up the siege of Eastern Ghouta, - statement
10:03, 16 March 2018

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Over 20 Syrian human rights watching organizations asked the international community to consider boycotting FIFA World Cup in Russia. The activists signed a collective statement and sent it to the governments of the UK, Germany, France and the USA, Radio Liberty reported.   

'Above all else, the siege of Eastern Ghouta must be put to an end,' Syrian human right watchers insisted.

Previously, Ukraine's foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin also urged government officials from other countries to abstain from going to Russia for World Cup games.

The Siege of Eastern Ghouta is an ongoing siege that was laid in April 2013 by the Syrian government forces to the area in eastern Ghouta held by anti-government forces since November 2012, during the Syrian Civil War. The situation became even tenser as Russian regular troops joined the military action in the region, teaming up with the government forces of Bashaar al-Assad.

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