Kofi Annan Resignation 'Culmination of Failures' for U.N. on Syrian Crisis

August 2, 2012

Kofi Annan Resignation 'Culmination of Failures' for U.N. on Syrian Crisis

Contact: Suzanne Trimel, [email protected], 212-633-4150, @strimel

(New York) -- Suzanne Nossel, Amnesty International USA executive director, made the following comments today in response to Kofi Annan's resignation as the United Nations and Arab League joint special envoy to Syria:

"Kofi Annan's resignation shows that he is clearly fed up with an ineffective United Nations Security Council after more than a year of inaction and feeble attempts at reaching a solution to the Syrian crisis. His resignation is the culmination of a string of failures by U.N. members and the international community at large to take decisive action on the crisis that has gone on for 16 months and has claimed 13,000 lives.

After repeated stalling and blocking from permanent members Russia and China, the inaction by the U.N. Security Council has in effect given a green light to Syria's Assad to continue his murderous campaign. The conflict continues to spiral out of control, with shocking atrocities and human rights abuses coming to light almost every day and now being committed by both sides.

The international community must find the political will to take concerted action before more Syrians perish and the violence spirals further."

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.