Syrian Diplomat Expulsions a Positive Step, But Concrete Action Desperately Needed

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May 29, 2012

Syrian Diplomat Expulsions a Positive Step, But Concrete Action Desperately Needed

Contact: Suzanne Trimel, strimel@aiusa.org, 212-633-4150

(New York) -- Amnesty International said today the expulsion of Syrian diplomats by several Western countries shows the global outrage over the Houla massacre, but concrete action is needed by the United Nations Security Council and China and Russia must stop shielding Syria.

"The expulsion of Syrian diplomats is a sign of growing global outrage,” said Sanjeev Bery, Amnesty International USA Middle East and North Africa advocacy director. “Now is the time for Russia to stop protecting the Syrian government from U.N. Security Council action that can end the violence."

In the Houla massacre, 108 people were killed, most of them summarily executed, according to the United Nations. More than half of the victims were women and children.

On Tuesday Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the United States took action and expelled Syrian envoys.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.