Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Never-ending road of bloodshed and tears

When will the Syrian government finally believe that they are doing something wrong?

In the beginning of 2011, the people of Syria decided to take a stance against the government of Syria and demanded an end to the injustice, poverty, and corruption that has been plaguing Syria under the presidency of Bashar al-Assad. Since then,

"Human rights groups say more than 2,000 people have been killed in the government's crackdown on protests. The regime has unleashed tanks, snipers, and pro-regime gunmen in an attempt to stamp out the uprising." - USA Today

Along with the 2,000 plus people that have been killed, over 10,000 people have been arrested and even more people have merely disappeared. The Human Rights Council along with the United States, the United Nations and more than 30 members of the Human Rights Commission have formed an international Commission of Inquiry in order to look into the violations of international human rights law being committed by the Syrian government. President Obama has taken it one step further by not allowing American Citizens to engage in any transactions with the Syrian government in hopes of getting President Basha al-Assad to step down.

The current condition in Syria is dangerous for anyone there and a civil war is imminent unless something drastic is done to save the Syrian people.

In the above webpage, you can see 4 short clips of the protests in Syria. All the protests have been peaceful in the sense that the protesters did not use violence rather they marched through the streets; however, the Syrian government thought it was necessary to call in tanks on the protesters and open fire.

- Cosima

1 comment:

Dr. D said...

Interesting blog and difficult situation. Great article in the NYT today: about keeping tyrants accountable. Difficult question.