Iranian human rights activist visits White Helmets in Syria

Iranian rock climber arrives back in Tehran after competing without hijab during his journey to Syria

Iranian rock climber and activist Ronya Ghanbari has arrived back in Tehran, Iran from Syria after he participated in the third stage of a hunger strike against the US in order to urge the world’s leaders to stand up against US support for the regime of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Ronya Ghanbari, 26, from Iran, was one of two Iranian climbers to participate in the hunger strike and the second Iranian human rights activist to visit the White Helmets Syria group that is supporting opposition fighters.

“I’ve been in the mountains for a whole month. I am very tired, but I am not willing to give up yet. The situation in Syria is terrible — thousands dead, thousands injured and I’ve seen a lot of destruction,” Ghanbari, who has done a lot of research on the regime and its crimes, said in a statement that appeared on the official Twitter account of the White Helmets, a United Nations-funded organization, on Friday evening.

“Syria is a very important country for the world, its economy is growing, its people are brave, so don’t forget about Syria,” he added.

Ghanbari was the first Iranian human rights activist to visit the White Helmets in Aleppo, the second Iranian human rights activist to visit the White Helmets in the Syrian city. He also participated in the third stage of the hunger strike which lasted four days.

“It has been a very long journey but I am still here,” he said.

On his arrival in Tehran, Ghanbari thanked people in Iran and the world for their help and support.

He said there should be no silence in respect of Syrian suffering, and that it was time to send a message to the world that the US was supporting the Syrian regime’s crimes and crimes against Syria.

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