Bare Facts (was babybear3333)

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

From Wales to Russia with love...

This is an email sent to Russian ministers today in response to Amnesty International reporting on the 'Syrian affair'. The intro. is Amnesty's words but the rest are my own:

I am writing to you, because you are a representative of the government of the Russian Federation, to urge that you work with other members of the UN Security Council to ensure that a resolution on the current situation in Syria is passed.

As a minimum, the resolution must include a strong and legally binding position on stopping the flow of arms to Syria and place accountability for human rights violations at the heart of any political solution to the crisis in the country. I believe that such a position would help to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

Over 2,600 people have been killed in Syria since 4 October 2011, when the Russian Federation vetoed a previous UN Security Council resolution on Syria, according to figures reported to Amnesty International.

I believe the UN Security Council’s lack of action to be an inadequate response to the crimes being committed in Syria by government forces. The Syrian government’s actions amount to crimes against humanity, as they appear to be part of widespread systematic attacks against the civilian population – according to assessments by both Amnesty International and the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

At the very least, the UN Security Council must pass a resolution that will:

• Impose an arms embargo on Syria
• Freeze the assets of President al-Assad and other individuals suspected of responsibility for crimes against humanity
• Refer the situation to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

I appeal to you and your government to show leadership and to use your international influence to bring an end to the grave human rights violations being committed in Syria and ensure accountability for abuses committed there.

As a journalist, humanitarian; committed to giving my skills free of charge to various charities whilst being severely disabled; I ask you to consider your nation's position on this matter.

We are a global community and there is no excuse, apart from greed/and/ or corruption, to be, as Nelson Mandela said in 2008 at the live8 concerts, a generation to be great, in that he meant we could change global issues as one strong and united community. As it was then, and, indeed 20 years previously when 'live aid' came together as one to help Africa (the recognised cradle of humans) from starvation.

Thank you for your time in reading my message.

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