Syrian American Council Condemns Veto of UN Resolution by Russia and China

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The Syrian American Council (SAC) wholly condemns yesterday’s veto by Russia and China of a UN resolution that would have reprimanded the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad for its violent crackdown on civilian protesters and championed the peaceful cause of the Syrian protesters.

In the past week, 3,000 people were detained within three days in Rastan, Homs alone. Reports of unspeakable tortures and murders of non-violent activists, women, and children are widespread and have only escalated since protests began in mid-March.

The Syrian American Council (SAC) wholly condemns yesterday’s veto by Russia and China of a UN resolution that would have reprimanded the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad for its violent crackdown on civilian protesters and championed the peaceful cause of the Syrian protesters.

Following weeks of discussion and efforts by the European Union to achieve a consensus amongst Security Council members, the Council finally voted on a diluted draft of the resolution yesterday. The text condemned the human rights violations being perpetrated by the Syrian government, demanded an immediate end to the use of force against Syrian civilians peacefully demonstrating for their fundamental rights, and called for a Syrian-led political process to address the democratic aspirations of the Syrian people. Russia and China, both permanent members of the UN body, vetoed the draft, effectively terminating it.

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Vitaly Churkin, permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, stated that the voting outcome was the result of a “conflict of political approaches,” maintaining that the international community needs to respect the “national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria” and that a “philosophy of confrontation” would contribute to civil war and uproar in the Middle Eastern region. However, a regime that has ceaselessly and ruthlessly massacred its people for seven months in effort to repress their peaceful demands is unworthy of respect.

Dr. Louay Safi, SAC Chairman, commented, "In the past week, 3,000 people were detained within three days in Rastan, Homs alone. Reports of unspeakable tortures and murders of non-violent activists, women, and children are widespread and have only escalated since protests began in mid-March. Nonetheless, Russia continues in its blind and unfaltering faith in the reforms Assad claims he will implement."

In response to Churkin’s statement attempting to explain Russia’s veto, SAC affirms that there is no explanation that can justify a veto that ultimately supports the chilling brutality of Assad and his thugs and clearly opposes all efforts to protect innocent lives. While Russia does not support “one-sided accusations against Damascus,” it evidently stands by the one-sided massacre of the Syrian people.

These days are filled with moments of truth. SAC wholeheartedly applauds the noble position that the United States and the European Union have assumed in this critical time as well as their most recent condemnation of Russia and China’s latest decision. The Syrian people will not forget who stands today in firm support of their rights, nor will they forget who contributes to their murder and serves as serious impediments in the Syrian fight for freedom and human dignity.

The Syrian American Council (SAC) was founded in 2005 to mobilize Syrian Americans to strengthen civil society in Syria, to promote friendly relations between the Syrian and American peoples, to engage civic and governmental organizations to advance civil liberties, human dignity and democracy in Syria, and to encourage international cooperation based on international law and justice. The organization has represented Syrian American dissidents to the U.S. State Department, Congress, and in international meetings and councils.

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