STOP SENDING ARMS TO THE ASSAD REGIME! STOP THE BLOODSHED!
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To take Legal Action against the countries of China, Iran and Russia for
Sending ships to Syria to blatantly kill the People of Syria~ and Egypt for allowing these ships thru the Suez Canal.
Negotiations for the Arms Trade Treaty will take place July 2-27, 2012 in New York.
Campaign Against the Arms Trade warns:
'An arms trade treaty will be worthwhile only if it stops arms sales .. to areas of conflict and to human rights violators. It is unlikely the proposed treaty will do this....
Unsurprisingly, the arms trade treaty is supported by the arms industry which sees it as providing a "level playing field" rather than imposing additional constraints.'
Ref: http://www.caat.org.uk/issues/att.php Amnesty International reported on the 19th June:
'The increased use of helicopters by the Syrian army is putting civilians at even greater risk and further strengthens the case for an international arms embargo,
The latest shipment underscores the need for UN members to agree an effective international Arms Trade Treaty – when final negotiations begin in a few weeks – that will protect human rights and stop arms transfers where there is a substantial risk they are likely to be used for serious human rights violations or international crimes.
In the course of its research work in Syria during April and May, Amnesty International has found that helicopters have regularly been used for cover and surveillance during ground operations.
Helicopters have also been used to fire machine guns and reportedly rockets. As with other arms, Syrian forces have used helicopters recklessly, leading to civilian casualties.'
Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Adviser Donatella Rovera, after recently spending several weeks in Syria, reported:
"As confrontations between the Syrian army and armed opposition groups have intensified in recent weeks, the Syrian army seems to be resorting ever more to the use of combat helicopters, which risks increasing civilian casualties.
“In this context, anyone supplying attack helicopters – or maintaining, repairing or upgrading them – for the Syrian government displays a wanton disregard for humanity.”
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