I have received the note below from Tom Andrews of the United to End Genocide, and have signed the petition to stand with the Syrian people and support the Syrian Humanitarian Resolution of 2014.
Again, as I have always maintained, genocidal maniacs don't value life, and their serious mental sickness creates the allusion that their means are justified. The only thing they understand is stick and no carrot will soften their attitude. Bashar of Syria, like Thein Sein of Myanmar, is a war criminal and must be tried for war crimes. Without such a trial, he will continue his crimes against the Syrian Sunnis.
This week the conflict in Syria will reach an unwelcome milestone as it passes the three-year mark of the crisis. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon described Syria as the “biggest humanitarian and peace and security crisis facing the world.”
Today, the U.S. Senate is moving into action. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) will lead a bipartisan group of senators introducing a resolution today, the Syrian Humanitarian Resolution of 2014, urging the president to develop and submit to Congress a new U.S. strategy for addressing the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
Act now and ask your Senator to stand #withSyria and support the Syrian Humanitarian Resolution of 2014.
The scale of the Syria crisis continues to increase exponentially. Nine million Syrians, approaching half of the country’s pre-war population, have fled their homes. Six and a half million people are internally displaced. Of this, three million are trapped in hard-to-reach or besieged areas; an estimated 250,000 people have been cut off from humanitarian aid for over a year.
The suffering of Syrian civilians is alarming and overwhelming, with women and children disproportionately vulnerable to the violence and the effects of the war. Almost half of Syrian refugees are children.
Passage of the Syrian Humanitarian Resolution of 2014 would be an important step from the U.S. Congress in recognizing the scale of the crisis and the depth of the human rights violations being committed.
The resolution calls on all parties to the conflict to immediately halt indiscriminate attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure and urges all parties in Syria to allow for and facilitate immediate, unfettered access to humanitarian aid, to respect the safety, security, independence, and impartiality of humanitarian workers and to ensure the freedom of movement to deliver aid.
A group of bipartisian Senators have come together to agree on one thing: humanitarian aid is urgently needed in Syria. Click here and ask your Senator to join them.
We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that the people of Syria do not lose another year to bloodshed and suffering. We stand with the people of Syria, and people around the world, in calling for our leaders to make the same commitment.
P.S. This critical work is supporting the global #withSyria campaign we are a part of. Learn more and join millions standing #withSyria.
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