June 3rd, 2012
03:37 AM ET

Rights group: Stop new business with Syrian arms suppliers

Human Rights Watch is calling for a boycott of new arms contracts with companies supplying the Syrian regime as the nearly 15-month government crackdown forced the country to the brink of a civil war.

The call comes after U.N. envoy Kofi Annan said Syria is "at a turning point" and that "the specter of all-out civil war, with a worry sectarian dimension, grows by the day."

Human Rights Watch on Sunday singled out Rosoboronexport, a Russian state-owned weapons supplier, for sending arms to the Syrian regime.

"The (U.N.) Security Council should impose a mandatory international arms embargo on Syria, and Russia and China should not block it," the group's executive director, Kenneth Roth, said in a statement. He accused the Syrian regime of crimes against humanity and said "other governments and companies around the world should use whatever leverage they have to stop further arms supplies that could contribute to these crimes."

Rosoboronexport did not immediately respond to the rights group's allegations.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. High Hopes

    ... and Chapter 7


    June 4, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. JerseyJeff

    Sounds nice, but with the Russian government blocking the Security Council and UN from doing anything but let Assad attempt to crush a revolt, it will never happen.
    Russia doesn't want to lose their pet in Syria.

    June 4, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. High Hopes

    We'll see...

    June 4, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
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