Atrocity Alert in Aleppo, Syria
According to the Global Centre For The Responsibility To Protect, the UN Security Council Resolution regarding chemical weapons, has been vetoed. The resolution, drafted by France, the United Kingdom and the United States fell through after Russian and Chinese vetos
The resolution draft would have ensured accountability for chemical weapons used in Syria, mainly by the regime who is the biggest reported user of chemical weapons. This veto is one of seven by Russia in the past five years, solidifying claims that Russia is protecting Syria from any diplomatic action. Russia has also been a main perpetrator of civilian casualties in Syria.
The drafted resolution would have also placed sanctions under Chapter VII of the UN Charter against Syrian scientists, military commanders and numerous entities linked to the use of chemical weapons. It would have also placed an embargo on armed sales and chemicals that could be used as weapons.
Since 2013, numerous reports have surfaced claiming the Syrian Regime was using chemical weapons against civilians, namely chlorine gas. Assad then claimed to have given up his entire stockpile under the advisement of Russia and the United States. However, numerous reports since 2013 save shown that the Syrian Regime continues to use chemical weapons against civilians.
The use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Regime is a clear violation of international law. It is the responsibility of the international community to hold parties accountable. If the UN Security Council is unable to come to a resolution, and alternative course must be taken to ensure the safety of civilians.
The Global Centre For The Responsibility To Protect