Civil War in Syria Essay

For many years, Syrians had to face the wrath of Bashar al-Assad, and they still continue to do so. Syrians face unequal and unfair treatment in Syria, because of the poor leadership and corrupt government. There have always been one-party elections, assassinations of human rights activists, and unequal rights for women and ethnic minorities. On March 15, 2011 public demonstrations by Syrian protestors called for the end of nearly five decades of Ba’ath party rule and the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. Ba’athism is a socialist ideology that wants to support and further Arab only nations.

President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and his rebel forces have begun attacking civilian neighborhoods with air strikes and constant artillery shells on a daily basis. A clear violation of human rights has occurred when the President of a country is attacking their own citizens. The country is expected to be able to protect its citizens, but who can protect them when their only protection source has an indiscriminate use of weapons against its own people. The most logical and understandable solution to this problem is forcing President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

Many organizations such as the United Nations, the Arab League, and the European Union have condemned the actions in Syria. The Security Council for the U. N. cannot reach an agreement on how to handle the Syrian uprising so nothing is being done through them. Russia and China have opposed attempts at reaching a U. N. resolution condemning President Assad’s actions, saying that such sanctions would escalate into foreign intervention. There has been some debate in the U. N. as to whether or not President Bashar al-Assad should step down; however that bill did not pass. Some of the U. N. ember nations felt strongly about President Bashar al-Assad stepping down, such as the U. S. and U. K. , while other countries such as Russia and China did not like the idea, so President Bashar al-Assad remains in power in Syria. China and Russia’s excuse for not passing the agreement was that “it is Syria’s problem to fix. ” If people hope for a better world, then they must agree to intervene in other countries personal problems, to aid them and reestablish the human rights that have been violated. Every human is born with rights as a human, as explained in the Declaration of Human Rights created by the UN.

This particular case is interesting to me because it is the people of a country coming together to stop what they feel has been too long and too oppressive of a regime. The people are fighting a tremendous fight against the Syrian Army ran by the President. He instituted a media blackout in which there was a complete and total blackout on independent news coverage barring foreign reporters from entering the country, reporting freely, and detaining or attacking local journalists who try to cover protests. Numerous journalists have gone missing or been detained without charge, and many said they were tortured in custody.

The government has also disabled mobile phones, landlines, electricity, and the internet. Authorities have routinely extracted passwords of social media sites from journalists through beatings and torture. The pro-government online group the Syrian Electronic Army has frequently hacked websites to post pro-regime material.

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