International Right Groups Want Strong Stance on Syria by UN

Stop Fundamentalism – International right groups are calling on all United Nations Security Council Ambassadors to support a strong resolution on violations of human rights in Syria by Bashar Al-Assad’s government against Syrian protesters and dissidents. 

In a joint letter, eight international watch and advocacy groups expressed concern over ongoing violations in Syria that would very likely “amount to crimes against humanity.”

“Since mass protests began in mid-March,” wrote in their joint letter, the groups said, “The United Nations has estimated at least 2600 civilians have been killed across Syria.” 

The group said in their letter that the majority of victims have been protesters and local residents shot with live ammunition by the security forces and army.  The group also expressed concern about thousands of arrests and people who are being held at unknown locations.

“Government forces have continued to kill, arbitrarily detain and torture peaceful protesters,” says the letter.

The groups emphasize that the Security Council should do more than just condemning the violence. “Strong action from the Council will bolster its credibility in the face of ongoing violations,” stressed the group in this letter.

The eight right and advocacy groups who signed the joint letter are: Amnesty International, Avaaz, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Human Rights Watch, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and United to End Genocide (formerly the Genocide Intervention Network and Save Darfur).