For the past few weeks, I have been horrified by the actions of the Syrian state. President Assad has allowed his Government to systematically attack his own people.
Many constituents with family and friends in Syria have contacted me to discuss what this country can do to stand firm with those being persecuted by President Assad. Together, we have drawn up the Early Day Motion below.
So far, over 6000 Syrian’s have lost their lives. Just for protesting.
When China and Russia vetoed UN action, I agreed with what UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said. Their veto was disastrous for the people of Syria.
I also agreed with Foreign Secretary William Hague when he said that ” the presence of a Syrian ambassador, who is a direct representative of the regime, contradicts the British principles of democracy and humanity”
The logic of the Foreign Secretary’s statement is simple. We should expel the ambassador and send the strongest message we can that this country will not turn a blind eye to Assad oppression of his own people.
EDM 2729 states
That this House notes that more than 6,000 people have been killed by government forces in Syria for exercising their democratic right to protest; supports the comments of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon that the failure of the Security Council to act is disastrous for the people of Syria and that such violence in unacceptable before humanity; reiterates the calls of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs `that any harassment or intimidation of Syrians in our country is unacceptable and will not be tolerated’ and `the presence of a Syrian ambassador, who is a direct representative of the regime, contradicts the British principles of democracy and humanity’; and calls on the Government to expel the Syrian ambassador from the country.