The UN must hold Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Responsible for War Crimes.

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Bashar al-Assad has been the president of Syria since July of 2000. Since the start of the civil war in 2011 at least 300,000 Syrians have been killed. Some estimates are closer to 500,000 killed by the conflict, as many as 50,000 of them children. The Civil War started as protests after several teenage vandals were arrested and tortured by government officials. The government forces used deadly force on the protesters and the war began. 

Yesterday 4-4-17, the Syrian government used chemical weapons on a town in the northwestern province. The death toll of this attack has reached 72 as of 11 AM EST 4-5-17. Sarin gas, a powerful nerve gas, is believed to have been used. Sarin gas causes the body's nervous system to overreact. Sarin gas causes vomiting, voiding of the bowels and bladder, and eventually paralysis and death. People who are exposed to Sarin gas can die in a matter of minutes. 

The use of chemical weapons was banned following WW1. Since then the ban has been enforced multiple times by the UN. With concrete evidence that that Syrian government has used chemical weapons against civilians the UN must hold President Assad responsible. I am calling for the UN to charge President Assad with war crimes.  By signing this petition you are helping in the fight against war crimes committed by Assad and his government. 

Photo by Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

 



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