Civil War in Syria
For many years, Syrians had to face the wrath of Bashar al-Assad, and they still continue to do so. Syrians face unequal and unfair treatment in Syria, because of the poor leadership and corrupt government. There have always been one-party elections, assassinations of human rights activists, and unequal rights for women and ethnic minorities. On March 15, 2011 public demonstrations by Syrian protestors called for the end of nearly five decades of Ba’ath party rule and the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. Ba’athism is a socialist ideology that wants to support and further Arab only nations. President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and his rebel forces have begun attacking civilian neighborhoods with air strikes and constant artillery shells on a daily basis. A clear violation of human rights has occurred when the President of a country is attacking their own citizens. The country is expected to be able to protect its citizens, but who can protect them when their only protection source has an indiscriminate use of weapons against its own people. The most logical and understandable solution to this problem is forcing President Bashar al-Assad to step down. Many organizations such as the United Nations, the Arab League, and the European Union have condemned the actions in Syria. The Security Council for the U.N. cannot reach an agreement on how to handle the Syrian uprising so nothing is being done through them. Russia and China have opposed attempts at reaching a U.N. resolution condemning President Assad’s actions, saying that such sanctions would escalate into foreign intervention. There has been some debate in the U.N. as to whether or not President Bashar al-Assad should step down; however that bill did not pass. Some of the U.N. member nations felt strongly about President Bashar al-Assad stepping down, such as the U.S. and U.K., while other countries such as Russia and China did not like the idea, so President Bashar al-Assad remains in...
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