Syria announces approval of new constitution amid further bloodshed

The government of President Bashar al-Assad proclaimed that voters had approved a new constitution by referendum, however few viewed the vote as legitimate. The announcement came as Syrian forces bombarded the town of Homs.

“The neighborhood is a disaster. The streets are demolished. Buildings, even schools have been destroyed. Families have to leave their homes,” Sami Ibrahim, an activist in Homs for the Syrian Network for Human Rights, told USA Today.

Also on Monday, activists claimed that they found 64 bodies on the outskirts of Homs, but details were unclear. As the bloodshed continues, the international community remains divided over how to effectively respond to the ongoing massacres.

The UN Human Rights Council resolution began circulating a draft resolution to condemn “widespread and systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities,” but it is likely that Russia will vote against the resolution.

 

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