Russia Blocks Five Vetoes in Five Years, Leaving 280,000 Killed in Syria
Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, Russia has continuously vetoed attempts by the UN Security Council to protect civilians from attack. The most recent efforts by the UN Security Council to reinstate the cessation of hostilities, establish a military no-fly zone over Aleppo, provide unhindered humanitarian access, and hold perpetrators of atrocities accountable was met with the fifth veto in five years from Russia.
Russia's attempt to propose a resolution failed, with only four members of the Security Council in favor. The Global Centre For The Responsibility To Protect writes in a recent release, "the Russian draft resolution appeared to be more about saving face than a genuine effort to end the violence and advance the protection of civilians."
The civilians of Syria have been plagued by constant international law violations perpetrated by all parties fighting. However, the largest forces committing crimes against humanity on the Syrian people have been the Syrian government, with Russian forces close behind.
The airstrikes on Aleppo conducted by the Syrian Regime and Russian Forces have included barrel bombs, illegal cluster munitions and chemical weapons. The offensive has led to more than 376 civilian casualties, including 100 children. The attacks have deliberately targeted civilian infrastructure and UN buildings, preventing aid to those trapped inside Aleppo.
The Global Centre For Responsibility To Protect calls for the Security Council to live up to their responsibilities to maintain international peace a security. They write, "today’s votes clearly demonstrate the need for all Security Council members to adhere to the ACT Code of Conduct in mass atrocity situations, which has been signed by 112 states."
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