24 hours: Brazil Help Syrian Protesters
To President Dilma Rousseff and Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota:
We call on you to support a strong UN Security Council resolution condemning the Syrian government's brutal crackdown and massacres of unarmed pro-democracy protesters. The resolution should include an arms embargo, financial and travel sanctions on the political and military leadership, referral of the crimes to the International Criminal Court, and improved humanitarian assistance to victims and refugees. Action from the UNSC now is critical to stop the violence against civilians and curb the threats to the region.
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Despite two months of horrific reports from Syria, the UNSC has so far done nothing. Now within 24 hours, it could vote to put maximum pressure on Syrian President Basharal-Assad to stop this repression, but without Brazil's support the resolution will fail. Most Council members are in favour of robust action to pressure the regime, but Russia and China have threatened to veto the resolution. If Brazil votes to condemn Assad, they will be isolated, and will be far more likely to abstain and let the motion pass.
Today Brazil has a choice -- stand as global leader on human rights or consent to unimaginable brutality against innocent civilians. We know the President and Foreign Minister are sensitive to public pressure, and we can't let our leaders stand by while more and more brave men, women and even children are mutilated and shot. Let's build a massive petition -- sign now, and every time 10,000 new people sign, we will send a fax to the President and Foreign Minister.