In March last year, as people were rising up across the region, protesters took to the streets of Syria to demand human rights reforms. Since then over 5,000 have been killed as those in power responded with a bloody crackdown. Thousands have been arrested, hundreds tortured. Journalists cannot move freely and even Syrians in the UK have been harassed.
The Syrian authorities are abusing human rights and committing crimes against humanity. The bloodshed must stop. Urgent: tell Russia not to block action to end the killing
At this very moment, the UN Security Council is debating what measures to take concerning Syria. Yet a key Security Council member – Russia – has already threatened to block steps which could end the violent crackdown.
Russia blocked a previous UN Security Council resolution on Syria back in October. Since then, another 2,600 people have been killed. We must act urgently to stop Russia from using their veto to block a new resolution.
This new resolution isn’t perfect. For a start, it doesn’t call for a comprehensive embargo on arms sales to Syria – and we’ve heard reports the country continues to receive shipments of arms from its largest supplier: Russia. However, right now this resolution is the best chance we have to protect peaceful protesters and put an end to the killing. Email the Russian authorities now
Crisis Response Campaign Manager
Demonstrate for a human rights revolution – 11 February
Almost a year to the day that we rallied in solidarity with peaceful protesters in the Middle East and North Africa, we are returning to Trafalgar Square to show our continuing support for a human rights revolution across the region.
Join us and stand in solidarity with the men and women peacefully demanding an end to poverty, corruption, discrimination and repression in the face of brutal government repression. Find out more
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