Could the UN reformurmulate the defination of Crimes Against Humanity
By Robert Mwakio
The United Nations has to explain to the world the true defination of crimes against humanity. According to the Romes Staute of the International Criminal Court, Crimes against humanity, as defined by Explanatory Memorandum, "are particularly odious offenses in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of one or more human beings. Article 6 of the charter, particularly paragraph 6, an I quote,
"Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation, and other inhumane acts committed against any civilian population, before or during the war, or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds in execution of or in connection with any crime within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal, whether or not in violation of the domestic law of the country where perpetrated"
Clearly Syria's case constitutes this and we are looking at a looming genocide.
It is unfair, unjust and inhumane that the world watches the Syrian crisis escaltes and nothing can be done. It is almost a year since the historic arab revolution that took the world by storm began. This revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya saw the the fall of dictatorial governments and a more civilian led nation. All backed by their westen led allies. Scores died but for a cause.
Syrias revolution was, and is based on the same blue print; the arab revolution, to kick out the dictatorial government of Bashar Al Ssad.
With the escallating protest, the Syrian government has seen gross violations of the civilian rights. Water, electricity and basic ammenities like food, particularly flour, sugar and oil are being regularized, and in extreme areas confisticated, leaving protesters starving.
Tanks, millitary undercover snipers have been deployed to use maximum force to curb the protest. Latest news from Syria, as protests continues, the Syrian government began deploying tanks and snipers as a means to quell the uprising. Water and electricity have been shut off in particularly restive areas, and security forces have resorted to confiscating flour and food.
"This is the life we have gotten used to - rockets, bullets killing children dead in the street, body parts. Why isn't the world helping us? Where is the humanity in the world?" That is the cry of the Syrian civilians after Saturdays attack in the small town of Homs that saw deaths of young children and at the Telegraph reported " body parts of young children littered the streets".
All this is going on in the world watch. The major powers like USA, Britain, Russia and China stay divided on the Syrian case. According to analysts, the Syrian war is a cold war. Russian government is accusing the west, particulularly the US, of instigating the war. Moreover, U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice also accused Iran of secretly aiding Assad in his efforts to quell the protests.According to Israeli Army Radio, an Israeli Foreign Ministry official stated that local protesters claimed to have heard security forces members speaking Persian. The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood accused Hezbollah and Iran of providing equipment and training to the Assad government in order to suppress protesters.Russia has shown constant and vocal support for the Assad regime, including vetoing a UN security council motion, in tandem with China.
Moreover, The Arab League, the European Union,UN, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the United States have been instrumental in condemning the attacks, but with limited intervention. Its is ironic how fast Eqypt and Libyas case was resorted while Syria's revolution is hitting the year mark.
The death count of civilians is increasing. Are we slowly watching another genocide that we cannot do anything about? Do we remember the Rwanda genocide case, too little too late?
Lets save Syria.
Credit: Associate pressCredit: Associate press