Given the social, environmental, health, human rights, and economic ... consequences of war, under no conditions or circumstance is war legal or just.
A military intervention will destabilize the region even further.
- Presidents, Prime Ministers Leaders of political Parties
OPPOSE MILITARY INTERVENTION IN SYRIA
PETITION AGAINST MILITARY INTERVENTION IN SYRIA
COGNIZANT THAT resorting to military intervention, the US and its allies will be in violation of the fundamental purpose of the United Nations – to prevent the scourge of war
CONCERNED ABOUT the years of using various ill-conceived guises for justifying Military intervention: "human security" (Iraq 1991), "Humanitarian intervention"(Kosovo, 1999), “self defence” (Afghanistan),"Responsibility to Protect" (Haiti, 2004, Libya, 2011) or "will to intervene" (Mali, 2013)
AWARE THAT in May 2013 The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law; Yet commission member Carla Del Ponte found evidence that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/05
AWARE THAT the US has ratified the UN Chemical Weapons but has not yet completely eliminated chemical weapons, that Israel has signed but not ratified the UN Chemical Weapons Convention, and that Syria will only ratify the chemical weapons Convention if Israel renounces nuclear arms http://www.nti.org/country-profiles/united-states/
AWARE ALSO THAT Canada, Israel and US have refused to adopt the Declaration on a nuclear Arms Free Middle East
NOTING THAT 188 states have ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention, and that the provisions in the Convention have become international peremptory norms
DEEPLY CONCERNED that the US and its allies are attempting to secure support, through Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, for an intervention into Syria, rather than invoking chapter VI - the peaceful resolution of disputes.
Given the social, environmental, health, human rights, and economic consequences of war, under no conditions or circumstance is war legal or just.
We Oppose military intervention in Syria
and call for
(i)Invoking Chapter VI - the peaceful resolution of disputes - of the Charter of the United Nations, and (ii) Respecting the International rule of law, including a referral to the International Court of Justice, as per the Chemical Weapons Convention (iii) Providing increased humanitarian aid to countries aiding Syrian refugees
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