There has been a lot of debate on the civil war in Syria.
Here is a statement on Peace Action Wellington’s position:
Be actively pro-civilian
Recognise the right to self-determination – the war began as an uprising to overthrow Assad’s oppressive regime.
Support refugees in your communities! 5.5 million people have fled to find safety from the war in Syria and 6.3 million people are internally displaced.
Civilians account for 85% of people killed by explosive weapons in Syria.
The civil war began in 2011 as a popular uprising to overthrow the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. He has done some h*ckin bad stuff and if you can’t find it, you can’t internet.
Oppose external/Western military intervention
The US, UK, France, Russia, Israel, Iran and Turkey have all been involved in the war in Syria – this has not helped to stabilise the situation for the Syrian people.
If other countries want to effect positive change they should focus on international demilitarisation and non-violent diplomacy.
It is important to acknowledge there is a diversity of opinions on the war both from within Syria as well as from the outside. There is also a h*ckload of misinformation out there which our media is doing little to dispel. Hold tight to your principles. #Peace