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Massacre in Syria

May 28, 2012

We have asked Australia’s Ambassador to the United Nations to begin discussing with other governments the prospects for increasing sanctions and other measures against the Syrian Government.

The action follows the international condemnation of the killing of 92 civilians in the Syrian town of Haoula on May 26.

The massacre was a hideous and brutal crime.

No effort should be spared in bringing the perpetrators of this atrocity to justice.

The Assad regime must cease all military operations immediately, as required under Special Envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan.

UN observers must also be allowed immediate access to Haoula to start work on determining responsibility for this attack, as well as to all other conflict zones in Syria.

This matter should also be immediately brought before the UN Security Council, for a unified international response.

Such a response could include a referral to the International Criminal Court and imposing international sanctions such as arms embargos and financial and travel restrictions.”

The international community can no longer stand by while the Syrian Government fails to honour its commitment to Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan’s Six Point Plan.

Australia’s autonomous sanctions regime against Syria includes travel and financial restrictions against 106 individuals and 28 entities and an arms embargo. Australia stands ready to consider additional sanctions measures and humanitarian assistance.

  1. John Mountbatten permalink
    May 28, 2012 10:42 am

    It’s the “other measures” which should be taken now – otherwise, the world will soon have another Rwanda on its hands!

    • May 28, 2012 1:55 pm

      Thanks John, This is exactly what is going to happen another Rwanda, just to add something Assad ‘s father killed more than 40,000 people in Hama in 80s and now the son so far 15,000 is the official number but more than 30,000 disappeared already(most likely mass graves)

  2. May 28, 2012 11:23 am

    Russia has already rejected the idea of looking into the Chapter 7 any further than what has been already done.

    Perhaps a regional Peace-Keeping-Force from the Arab Leauge conutries immediatly assembled is the way to go.

  3. Leslie S permalink
    May 28, 2012 12:03 pm

    As we have seen in the past the United Nations now is a toothless tigar all growl but no bite by the time any action will or if taken many more in Syria will end up DEAD children included.

  4. May 28, 2012 12:43 pm

    Dear Hon Carr,
    We do appreciate your efforts, however this is not enough at all to stop the criminal Assad from killing the Syrian people, we urge the Australian government to close down the Syrian embassy and cease all relations with Syria at first step, and urge Australia to move the Syrian case under the article 7 of UN in order to allow the foreign intervene. Australia should stand by the humanity against that dictator, and it will be very disappointing if you breach and you do not act on that.
    Within 14 months more than 15000 civilians was killed and the whole world is keeping silent, Syrians are not crying the wolf, these children had parents and family and we all got families and children. We urge Australian government and labor party to stand with humanity against the killer Bashar Al Assad

    Kevin Drake
    Western Australia

  5. Graeme Taylor permalink
    May 28, 2012 1:07 pm

    By considering the “Who Benefits?” question to this massacre, it is difficult to conclude anything other than forces keen to topple Assad would be the major beneficiaries. Just sayin’

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