Statement by WILPF on the Situation in Syria

As noted in the editorial WILPF continues to condemn the violence in Syria. In a recent statement, we reiterated our call for an arms embargo on Syria and demanded that all Member States, including Russia, cease any and all military sales and assistance. The situation is fuelled by the arms trade, both legal and illegal, which has lead to the region being awash with weapons.

In the WILPF International Statement we stated that "since the large-scale demonstrations, which began on 16 March 2011, the Syrian security forces have been repeatedly using lethal force against peaceful protesters throughout Syria. The silencing of the media has made independent verification difficult, but the evidence of human rights violations is becoming overwhelming: over 400 protesters killed since March, innumerable arrests of both protesters and human rights defenders, and allegations of torture…"

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