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Hivin Kako |
Saturday 10 December 2016 11:45 GMT |
 59 comments This is how to stop the conflict in Syria
With the Security Council – and the EU – divided over Syria, the responsibility falls on individual states to end the indiscriminate attacks and protect civilians
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Reply Share +4 likes  It is the 10 of December, the day the world marks the 68 anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We, Syrians, can’t commemorate the day the international community declared that everyone deserved life, liberty, and security, because we have no human rights to celebrate when we are deprived of the right to live.
We have been raped, starved, tortured, bombed, driven from our homes and killed. In the process, many Syrians have come to believe that the international community has given up on Syria. Remarkably few still believe there are ways to change the situation and bring back our human rights.
After six shameful Russian vetoes blocking meaningful action to save lives in Syria, it is now clear that the UN Security Council will not protect civilians in Syria. But, International Humanitarian Law is equally clear that the Security Council is not the only vehicle for action. We are past the point where states can opine the Council’s deadlock. Now, they must themselves stand up for the people of
Syria – as individual countries, through other international processes and via multilateral organisations like the European Union.
One area the international community can start is by easing the suffering of hundreds of thousands of civilians besieged in Eastern
Aleppo. It’s been over three months since the last aid delivery made its way into the city. Faced with a regime and Russian-sponsored siege, many Syrians are days away from starvation.



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