As violence in Syria continues against its own people with excessive force and use of landmines, little international action has been taken.
Violence in Syria – Violence With Landmines
Reports are that violence in Syria has escalated further, with the news that the Syrian government has planted landmines across the Turkey and Lebanon border. This violent tactic condemned by the international community and by the Human Rights Watch is solely used to keep innocent fleeing civilians of Syria from crossing the borders into safe territory. Not only has this use of landmines by the Syrian military injured and killed adult protestors and civilians, but it has also injured and killed innocent children as well. Although Syria is conveniently not a part of the 1997 International Mine Treaty, this new wave of violence in Syria comes with heavy scrutiny from the United Nations and the Arab League. Although there is no news yet of any further action to be taken by the international community, this new sadistic use of weaponry against civilians has many throughout the world in an uproar about the continuation of violence in Syria and the lack of international action.
Violence in Syria – Lack of International Action
Although this is just the latest in the line of Syrian military tactics to close off the Syrian uprising to the rest of the world, the Syrian military is also known to have used snipers, military weapons and bombs against its own people. The lack of any UN Security Council action is due to both Russia and China, who have veto power and used it when it came to using any sort of sanctions or resolutions against Syria that called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down and end the violence in Syria against his own people. Although Russia claims it wants an alternative resolution to the Syrian crisis, Russia is known to be one of Syria’s biggest arms supporters, the same weaponry that is currently being used against Syrian citizens. China, on the other hand, is one of Syria’s biggest importers and also has financial interests in the violent stricken region as well.
Violence in Syria – Up to Humans Rights Organizations
Even though the majority of the international community has condemned the growing violence, with little action being taken against the violence in Syria, there is hardly any hope that the Syrian people will see any peace in their divided country soon. All of this brings to light how ineffective the United Nations can be when interests are divided. It is now up to international organizations like the Red Cross and other human rights organizations to try and help the suffering Syrian people. As violence in Syria continues to escalate, the people of Syria demand international action against their violent government that might never come.
Violence in Syria.