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4 February 2012

Double veto of draft Security Council Resolution on Syria a betrayal of protesters

Double veto of draft Security Council Resolution on Syria a betrayal of protesters
The UN Security Council has remained virtually silent on the violent repression in Syria since March 2011.

The UN Security Council has remained virtually silent on the violent repression in Syria since March 2011.

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This is a completely irresponsible use of the veto by Russia and China. It is staggering that they have blocked the passage of what was already a very weak draft resolution.
Source: 
Salil Shetty, Amnesty International's Secretary-General
Date: 
Sat, 04/02/2012

The decision by Russia and China to veto a weak draft UN Security Council resolution on Syria, the day after the Syrian army launched a major assault on residential areas of Homs leaving scores dead, is a shockingly callous betrayal of the people of Syria, Amnesty International said today.
 
"This is a completely irresponsible use of the veto by Russia and China," said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International's Secretary-General.

"It is staggering that they have blocked the passage of what was already a very weak draft resolution."
 
"After a night in which the whole world watched the people of Homs suffering, the actions of these members are particularly shocking."
 
Apart from a presidential statement issued in August 2011 condemning human rights violations, the Security Council has not acted on the crisis in Syria since the uprising began in March 2011.
 
Amnesty International said it would continue to press members of the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court, impose a comprehensive arms embargo on the country and implement an assets freeze on Bashar al-Assad and other top officials.

Issue

Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes 
Death In Custody 
Detention 
Disappearances And Abductions 
Extrajudicial Executions And Other Unlawful Killings 
Freedom Of Expression 
International Justice 
MENA unrest 
Military, Security And Police Equipment 
Torture And Ill-treatment 
United Nations 

Country

Syria 

Region

Middle East And North Africa 

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