AMNESTY-UK: Stop the bloodshed in Syria

Article  •  Publié sur Souria Houria le 15 août 2011

Syria Unrest 2011 © PrivateAs the violent suppression of peaceful protests by the Syrian authorities continues, the UN Security Council must take urgent action to stop human rights violations.

However, so far the UN Security Council’s response has been inadequate. The statement it issued on 3 August condemning the violence was not legally binding and represented a watered down version of an earlier draft resolution that was blocked by six members.

The UN Security council must act to impose an arms embargo, freeze the assets of the Syrian president and his associates and to refer the situation to the International Criminal Court.

Brazil, South Africa and India, who have opposed tougher action on Syria, are sending a joint delegation to the country to try and end the violence.

We think this indicates their increasing concern at the situation in the country and that they could be persuaded to change their position with sufficient international pressure. Find out more about this action

Please call on Brazil, South Africa and India to join other members of the UN Security Council in acting to call on the Syrian government to stop the use of tanks, snipers and torture to suppress peaceful dissent.