Secretary Clinton Releases Statement on the Human Rights Council's Special Session on Syria

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 24, 2011
Syrian Refugees Demonstrate Against Their Country's Regime and Leader Bashar al-Asad

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released a statement on the Human Rights Council's Special Session on Syria on August 23, 2011. Secretary Clinton said:

"I congratulate the Human Rights Council for its work to create an international independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate the deteriorating human rights situation in Syria and to make clear the world's concern for the Syrian people. Today, the international community joined together to denounce the Syrian regime's horrific violence. The United States worked closely with countries from every part of the world -- more than 30 members of the Human Rights Council, including key Arab members -- to establish this mandate.

"The Commission of Inquiry will investigate all violations of international human rights law by Syrian Authorities and help the international community address the serious human rights abuses in Syria and ensure that those responsible are held to account.

"There are credible reports that government forces in Syria have committed numerous gross human rights violations, including torture and summary executions in their crackdown against opposition members. The most recent attack by Syrian security forces on protesters in Homs is as deplorable as it is sadly representative of the Asad regime's utter disregard for the Syrian people.

"The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the slaughter, arrest, and torture of peaceful protesters taking place in Syria. We continue to urge nations around the world to stand with the Syrian people in their demands for a government that represents the needs and will of its people and protects their universal rights. For the sake of the Syrian people, it is time for Asad to step aside and leave this transition to the Syrians themselves."

You can read a transcript of Secretary Clinton's statement here.



Saira M.
Maryland, USA
August 24, 2011

Saira M. in Maryland writes:

Stop the Torture , Stop the Killings, No more Dictators.

New Mexico, USA
August 25, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

One thing Syria is not is that neither Ghandi nor Martin Luther King would have met with any lasting success in leading peaceful protest to bring change in the police-state envioronment Assad's family has created over the decades.

While the US State dept and I share admiration for the Syrian people's peaceful intent, and frankly an incredible amount of dicipline and patience in the face of thousands murdered by this abysmal regime; the regime is counting on no action taken by the rest of the international community to remove him from power via the use of force.

Granted the people would love to do this on their own for themselves, but the fact is only when the tools of war are taken away from dictators do they lose the capacity to make war on their people, and a level playing field is created for the people themselves to bring the change they seek.

The UNSC put caveats on the word "all" in the resolution on Libya stating "all neccessary measures" be taken to assure the protection of the civilian population and so Ghaddafi was not targeted to begin with.

Today we witness him "gone to ground" in a hidy hole somewhere and no one knows for sure whether he has access to the remaining blister agents and other WMD's left in Libya while he has vowed to fight to the death.

TNC has taken a page out of the history of our wild, wild West and offered 2 million reward for him "dead or alive" hoping those he trusts will turn him in and get the amnesty offered in return.

Hopefully he'll go out with a whinper, not a human tragedy brought on by the use of WMD's as his final act on this planet.

But with Asdsad and his regime, given the missles, the biologicals, and Russia's long-term relationship to that regime another solution altogether is rerquired of the international community to avert the concequences of a man who would rather be infamous and commit crimes against humanity rather than lead his nation to reform and a peaceful transition in the political arena.

The people of Syria generally do not wish to pick up arms to defend themselves and "legitimise" Assad's use of force upon them, I can understand the catch-22 that they find themselves in with the current situation as it stands today.

However, the killing will continue until acted upon by an outside force, in the same way Newtonian laws of motion apply to political change.

This nation of ours along with many nations has been in a declared war upon terrorists and extremists for a decade now, and the state sponsors, of which Syria is among them must be delt with in order to protect populations throughout the region as must Iran's destabilization of nations along with Syria's to achieve an envirionment that can allow for a lasting peace and ultimately a two-state solution to be achived through negotiation between Palestinians and Israelis.

Russia bears a huge karmic responsibility having sold tanks and weaponry to Assad's regime and faces a clear choice as to whether to remain part of the problem or become the proactive key to its resolution in partnership with all nations condeming Assad's warmaking upon his people.

So far, they are failing to meet their "responsibility to protect" and that bodes ill for any potential peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis.

As NATO's mission in Libya winds down its military actions and Assad's murderous ways continue unabated, there will become less and less excuse for the international community not to declare war upon Assad.

Russia will then face another choice, to either stand with us or get out of the way and/or stand aside.

And this time "all" cannot afford to have caveats place upon the meaning of the word.

Assad's regime must be removed from the top down from get go, to assure the protection of all the populations of the region, and the stability of nations.

And to the Syrian opposition I can only say at that point this may not be what they want, but done because their need and the needs of the region is greater than their ability to achive success on their own in peaceful protest.



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