The Syrian Civil War began in 2011 when rebels and other opposition groups began protesting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Peaceful attempts to resolve the crisis have been unsuccessful, as violence continues to escalade (See e.g. http://pilr.blogs.law.pace.edu/2013/03/27/assad-asks-for-help-to-end-syrian-uprising). A recent panel of United Nations human rights experts issued a report regarding the conflict, which detailed the increased number of war crimes being committed by both sides of the conflict. Further, the heightened violence has led to increased concern over the affect this violence is having over the civilian population.
This past Friday, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution regarding the use of foreign fighters in the Syrian Civil War as a result of the increased number of foreign militants on both sides of the conflict. While the resolution did not call for a cessation of arms flow into Syria, it did call for an end to foreign troop involvement in the conflict. The Council’s decision came on the heels of an announcement from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stating that the death toll in the Syrian conflict has totaled 93,000. In addition, on the same day of the High Commissioner’s announcement, the United States stated they would begin providing arms to the Syrian Rebels after coming to the conclusion that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against the Syrian citizens. With that being said, please Consider the Following Questions:
(1) Do you feel that this resolution will help curb some of the violence that is ongoing in Syria?
(2) Would the resolution have been more effective if the Human Rights Council also called for a stop of arms flow into Syria?
(3) Do you believe there are any alternative measures that could be taken globally to help decrease the ongoing violence and protect the civilian population?