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ADL: UNSC Syria rebuke 'wholly inadequate'
Abe Foxman: Despite condemnation of the violence in Syria, threat of immediate action necessary

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Wednesday called the United Nations Security Council’s condemnation of the violence in Syria a “wholly inadequate response,” and urged the Council to take concrete and immediate action to stop what it called the Syrian government’s brutal crackdown on its own people.

 

According to Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, "While it is appropriate for the Security Council to be dealing with the ongoing crisis in Syria, the Council’s Presidential statement condemning the Assad regime’s human rights violations and ruthless use of force against Syrian civilians is a wholly inadequate response."

 

According to Foxman, "In light of the regime’s brutality in recent months, particularly its current actions in the town of Hama, we urge the Council to adopt a resolution that will make it unambiguously clear to President Assad that unless he reverses course, the international community will impose immediate consequences on his repressive regime."

 

On Wednesday, the UN Security Council condemned Syrian authorities for committing widespread human rights violations.

 

The trigger for the Security Council's negotiations on condemning Syria, meanwhile, was the military assault launched by they Syrian government over the weekend against the city of Hama. Lebanon didn't block the statement but dissociated itself from the text.

 

The council adopted the presidential statement to avoid having to call a formal vote on a resolution. While weaker than a resolution, a presidential statement still becomes part of the Security Council's record.

 

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