Where are the human rights? Clearly not here
The Syrian Arab Republic (member state of the United Nations) has gone deep into an armed conflict since the uprising events known as the Arab Spring. President Bashar al-Assad however is still in office, and has kept in power since 2000. His predecessor (his father) was president for almost 30 years.
Syrian army has attacked civilian population with tanks, aircraft and infantry since the summer of 2011. Although there are no official figures (so the death toll remains relatively unknown), The Guardian reports it is over 19,000.
Rebel forces fight day and night against those loyal to al-Assad. The battle for Aleppo (largest city in the country) has been fierce and there have been casualties on both sides.
The current onslaught on the city of Aleppo – which puts civilians even more at grave risk – is a predictable development which follows the disturbing pattern of abuses by state forces across the country: Donatella Rovera. Amnesty International.
The city has been heavily bombed during nights; MiG warplanes have been used in the operations by Assad’s forces as neither side can afford to lose control of this key city.
Even though for people outside the conflict zone it has become unfortunately regular (and relatively normal) to hear/read news of this kind, controversy sparked recently when amateur footage of rebels preparing to summarily execute Assad loyalists appeared on the YouTube global network. Activists and public opinion have condemned the execution, as usual.
Nevertheless, as the world unites in joy and excitement celebrating the Games of the XXX Olympiad, I believe it is important that we take a moment to think about this grim situation twice.
I’m aware I’m no expert on International Law but I don’t need to be one in order to express an opinion. And my opinion is that all the fancy framework and international organizations (United Nations included) have not been useful to prevent the blood spill. The first purpose of the United Nations (to maintain international peace and security) has clearly not been met on this particular situation.
The mere existence of the International Criminal Court has not paid off if you ask the thousands of families who have lost a relative in the midst of this armed conflict, or the millions of people whose lives have been disrupted by this wave of violence and death.
I realize the sovereignty is an important issue that must not go overlooked here, but if the current bodies are not capable of action and can’t stop people from killing each other without any regard to the so-called human rights whatsoever, what is the point of their existence? What are they there for?
We can give ourselves a million excuses trying to justify why nobody is actually doing something to bring peace to people in Syria, the truth is, none of those reasons are valid enough and the fact still is: people are dying.
August 1st, 2012.
Update: Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat (former Secretary-General of the United Nations), has resigned as UN-Arab League envoy to Syria. His resignation (which is effective as of August 31st), comes as the armed conflict in Syria spirals further out of control. More from The Telegraph.
 To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace. Charter of the United Nations. Chapter 1.