6 Actions for Syria

The following post is from Amnesty International Australia

Obama has asked Congress to hold off on the vote to authorise military force so diplomatic discussions to deal with chemical weapons can occur at the UN tomorrow. Let’s be clear – just talking about chemical weapons will not help end the crisis. The UN Security Council needs to break its deadlock and deal with all of the issues in the Syrian crisis.

What can the UN Security Council do? Here are six things compiled by Amnesty International  the UN Security Council needs to do to help end the crisis.

1. Arms Embargo

Establish an Arms Embargo that stops the flow of weapons to the Syrian government and others who use weapons to commit war crimes and human rights abuses.

2. Accountability

Send a message to all sides that if you commit war crimes you will be prosecuted and held accountable by referring the situation to the International Criminal Court.

3. Assist refugees

There are now over 2 million Syrian refugees in need of assistance. The international community needs to ensure that UN agencies has resource to support those fleeing violence.

4. Access

Human rights monitors must be given full access to Syria.

5. Supplies for civilians

Humanitarian and aid agencies must be allowed to deliver vital supplies to civilians affected by the fighting.

6. Justice

Freeze the assets of Bashar al-Assad and his associates to help bring them to justice for overwhelming evidence of crimes against humanity.

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