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Syria: Acts of brutality must stop, says UN

2012-08-04 08:13

New York - The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly denounced Syria's crackdown on Friday and demanded the lockdown of its chemical and biological weapons.

The vote came as the more powerful Security Council has been deadlocked by Russian and Chinese vetoes on resolutions that would open the door to sanctions on Syria.

The vote was 133 in support of the resolution and 12 against, with 31 abstaining.

General Assembly resolutions are unenforceable but can carry moral weight.

The resolution says "the first step in the cessation of violence has to be made by the Syrian authorities."

The General Assembly resolution's Arab sponsors this week weakened two key provisions - a demand that President Bashar Assad resign and a call for other nations to place sanctions on Syria over its civil war.

Russia and China had objected to those provisions.

The vote was meant in part to pressure the Security Council to act, but frustration over the lack of action so far was clear. A frustrated former UN chief Kofi Annan resigned on Thursday as the joint UN-Arab League envoy to Syria after his peace proposals failed.

Before the vote, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reminded the Assembly of the fresh violence in the city of Aleppo and drew comparisons between the failure to act in Syria to past genocide in Srebrenica and Rwanda.

"The acts of brutality that are being reported may constitute crimes against humanity or war crimes," he said of the Aleppo fighting. "Such acts must be investigated and the perpetrators held to account."

Comments
  • Khalid Malek - 2012-08-04 08:31

    what about acts of brutality in Burma by Bhuddists?? who is going to STOP this and why is the UN so quiet about it!

      rude.awakning - 2012-08-04 12:22

      brother Khalik. The burma butchering will not get the coverage you would like see because the bhuddists are not on the west's list of targets! You heard more of burma in the media when the military junta locked up their opposition leader. 25 000 citizens reported butchered including children and women wont get the west's attention unless it is a result of their instigated mayhem! Since when were they interested in muslims getting killed unless they have a vested interest! I am afraid we on our own with this one!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-04 12:59

      Why don't the muslims from Bangladesh go home instead of forcing themselves on the impoverished people of Burma?

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-04 08:35

    The Syrian government has the responsibility to protect that country from armed militias who want power by whatever means. Any government that subordinates this responsibility to third parties not affected by this threat is in dereliction of duty.

      bob.small.7547 - 2012-08-04 09:06

      It is not a democratically elected government…that’s the difference! That is what the uprising is about!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-04 09:20

      There are all types of legitimate governments across the globe. As a negotiated human construction, democracy is no panacea. It is a system made within the context of history and the diversity of human identities. The most undemocratic thing is to assume you have the complete answer and insist everyone else does democracy your way. Local culture and local justice doesn't mean that there's no social justice in Syria.

      cameronrh1 - 2012-08-04 10:00

      The fact that it is all Arab Muslim countries that rose up the past 2 years against their dictatorial regimes does that not tell you something @fidel? Or are you still to blinded by your hate for "Western" culture that you cant see that? (Yet you live your day to day live thriving in the western culture)

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-04 10:19

      I do not hate western culture(its people). I abhor western imperialism (its governments) and subjugation! Tunisia and Egypt were genuine spontaneous uprisings. The west was caught unaware and lost its allies in Muburak and Ben Ali. It then hijacked this so called Arab Spring by effecting regime change in Libya and Syria. Both the so called leaders of these revolutions are based in western capitals working for western foreign affairs agencies. It's an old trick that's been used by the US specifically, in South America and some parts of Africa and South East Asia. Train contras abroad and fly them in as revolutionaries. If you can understand why it is important for the west to crush Libya, Syria, Lebanon and Iran, and not Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar,etc, then you are on your way to understanding geo politics. Understand that first and come back again so that we can continue this conversation.

      rude.awakning - 2012-08-04 11:29

      democratic or not it is still a SOVEREIGN state. All of the west dont have the guts to use this tone with North Korea and many others. So democracy is just a tromped up excuse.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-04 11:41

      Mgoqi it seems you don't understand what the UN is saying.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-04 11:59

      Fidel, You make your own stories up re Libya and Syria, and you do so, to propagate, some silly ,childish ,outdated leftish BS, which has NEVER EVER created ONE job, put ONE plate of food on a table , nor given any medicine to ONE sick person. If this 'government' in Syria is so much better, than democracy, than explain why : In Syria; There is no press freedom There are no foreign journalists allowed in the country Internet sites are blocked. Phones, and cellphones are tapped. Emails are intercepted. There is no freedom of movement Even world wide respected organisations, like the Red Cross and Amnesty International, movements are heavily restricted. But , the very worst, in ANY country, that does not hold fair elections on a regular basis; There is NO room for ANYONE, who thinks differently than the DICTATOR and his family, and his inner circle. Forget about planting a bomb, just an 'ordionary' student, plumber, teacher, etc, who has got the 'indecency' to say ALOUD, that he/she does not agree with this dictator, WILL be arrested, beaten up, imprisoned, raped, tortured and possibly killed, and if this is not enough, they will do the same to his or her family. A NICE F.CKING GOVERNMENT THAT IS !!!!!!!!!! But it is so easy sitting in the comfort of your own home, DENYING OTHERS WHAT YOU ABUSE You behave like a 16 year old in the sixties and seventies, maybe you did not realize, but the world has moved on. Stop being so pathethically childish GROW UP

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-04 12:30

      Anthony, you clown, your post appears to be one long, unwarranted and ignorant ad hom. Try logic and argument, and I might respond to you. I don't have the power to give nor deny Syrians their freedom.

      rude.awakning - 2012-08-04 12:38

      anthony! You described the situation in BURMA to the T. It just doesnt mention the 25000 unarmed muslim children and women that were butchered by Bhuddists in the last 10 days!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-04 12:49

      "There are all types of legitimate governments across the globe." The syrian government is not one of those.

      rude.awakning - 2012-08-04 12:55

      and the vatican and north korea are legit?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-04 12:57

      No, please Fidel , DON'T respond, I can only take so much of your pathethic childish BS, in one day !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-04 13:03

      Ruth, I am puzzled !! Please explain something; Why would YOU be more concerned about unarmed mothers and children in Burma, as those in Syria !!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-04 13:08

      Gerhard, it's not enough to say that the Syrian government is not a legitimate government, you need to show me why.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-04 13:17

      Fidel, ""Local culture and local justice doesn't mean that there's no social justice in Syria"" It is impossible to imagine someone talking more RUBBISH AND TOTOAL BS, as you. Well done, keep it up, your radical buddies are proud of you !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-04 13:38

      The ramblings of a reactionary simpleton. Hurling insults is easier than actually thinking.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-04 13:44

      Fidel, THINKING ???? The last time you did, you got stuck with the Berlin Wall !! You remember; the "Real Politic" ????????????????

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-04 14:12

      Mgoqi why do you resort to personal insults when you have been beaten in logical argument?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-04 16:02

      Fidel, ""Gerhard, it's not enough to say that the Syrian government is not a legitimate government, you need to show me why'' What childish BS. Why must anyone show you ANYTHING ?? If you are so dumb and unedcated, that you do not know the difference between a legitimate and an illegitimate government, than ratherr put some comments on the sports articles. Spend some time watching the BBC, SKY NEWS, CNN, Al-Jazeera, and maybe you will understand the very basics of what's happening in this world, Instead of reading some outdated crap , you found in someone's store room !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-04 18:07

      Pat, I was not talking to you, but, for you I would recommend the conmmic channels. Far more factual , than your silly 3 and 4 and 5 sides etc etc etc etc

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-05 06:47

      syria is under attack by foreign forces! It is fighting a war with foreign mercenaries and a handfull of syrian armed gangs. These gangs have been promised political positions in a new regime , properties, companies and fame! syria has a right to defend itself just like america, israel, france an the english! The collective west is guilty of state sponsored terrorism!

  • busani.mabunda - 2012-08-04 09:18

    OR ELSE WHAT ......the UN with punish them with harsh words??? ... UN is futile

  • daniel.v.wyk - 2012-08-04 14:11

    Dear UN, stop being the sideline viewer, and get your ass into gear, if you see innocent people getting hurt, jump in and help!

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