Stop the next Syria, Darfur or Rwanda
The chemical weapons in Syria will be destroyed. But the killing has not stopped. What if you could help prevent the next Rwanda, Darfur, or Syria? Would you? There is something the world, and specifically the U.S., should do. It is time for the U.S. to be part of a discussion with the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council about their responsibility not to veto actions related to preventing serious human rights abuses. Sign the petition and tell President Obama to use the veto power responsibly.
Why is the Responsibility Not to Veto important? It's time for the Permanent Members of the Security Council (P5), the United Sates, Great Britain, France, China, and Russia, to agree that they will not use the veto when dealing with mass atrocities. Former Secretaries of State and Defense, Madeline Albright and William Cohen, UN Secretary-Generals Kofi Annan and Ban Ki Moon and many other dignitaries have supported limiting the veto when it comes to the world's worst crimes. France's Foreign Minister is calling for the Security Council to "voluntarily regulate their right to exercise their veto." No leader should ever use helicopter gunships, artillery, chemical weapons or even machetes on unarmed women and children and get away with it. 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda, 300,000 so far in Darfur, and close to 115,000 in Syria. Actions to stop each of these genocides and mass atrocities were slowed by vetoes or the threat of vetoes at the Security Council. We cannot stand for inaction in the face of senseless killings.
In a speech before the U.N. General Assembly President Obama said, "sovereignty cannot be a shield for tyrants to commit wanton murder, or an excuse for the international community to turn a blind eye to slaughter....should we really accept the notion that the world is powerless in the face of a Rwanda or Srebrenica?"
U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power noted that since 2011, Russia and China have vetoed three separate Security Council resolutions to stop the killing in Syria. Russia even blocked statements expressing concern over lives lost and the use of chemical weapons. Ambassador Power said, "The Security Council the world needs to deal with this urgent crisis is not the Security Council we have." She's right, so join us in asking the Obama administration to be part of this discussion.
The world needs to stop the violence in Syria, but we also need to focus on how to prevent these situations in the future. That's why we're asking the Obama Administration to be part of a discussion on the responsibility not to veto. Will you join us? Say no to another Syria, Darfur or Rwanda.
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