Syrian dictator executing prisoners: How can we make a difference?

by charlescooke on February 10, 2017 - 11:57am

Article: Syria has secretly executed thousands of political prisoners, rights group says

Author: Liz Sly

Monday February 6th, 2017

The Washington Post

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/syria-has-secretly-executed-thousands-of-political-prisoners-rights-group/2017/02/06/e4a7f56a-ecc5-11e6-a100-fdaaf400369a_story.html?utm_term=.995658acc8d4

 

This week, the watchdog group Amnesty International published a report confirming that Syrian president Bashar al-Ashaad has been ordering the execution of between 5,000 to 13,000 prisoners that were opposed to his political regime, at the prison of Sednaya, near Damascus. It all happened between 2011 and 2015.  Also, most them were civilians that joined peaceful protests against Ashaad. It is also said that many were tortured and were kept at “sadistic and dehumanizing” conditions before their execution.

 

Obviously, it was all kept secret. How can we, as citizens of North America, find a way to help stop that kind of horrible actions from the Middle East? Alone, we don’t really have any impact on stopping that unhuman practice. A great way to fight it would be to raise the awareness of the population. How can we do that? By publicizing on popular platforms, by talking about it to your close ones, that will do the same with theirs. Slowly but surely, it will do a snowball effect and soon, a great part of the population will be informed about Syria’s situation. A lot of organizations like Amnesty International have a great influence and have direct links to the rest of the world. For example, in our case, Amnesty offers worldwide petitions and to send emails to the American and Russian governments to give your opinion on the subject. Stopping torture and secret executions in Syria is a big deal, but we are the beginning of the chain, so it’s up to us to start the process.