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November 23, 2011

ABA Calls For End to Human Rights Violations in Syria

ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III

ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III

The _ calls for an end to the gross violations of human rights in Syria and urges the United Nations Security Council to refer the situation to the International Criminal Court for investigation.

Since March 2011, peaceful demonstrators in Syria have been victims of a brutal backlash from President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.  The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights estimates that in the past eight months more than 3,500 people — including scores of children — have been detained, tortured, and/or killed by Syria’s security forces.

The Security Council recently invoked its ICC referral power with respect to similar atrocities committed in Sudan and Libya.  To do so in this case would be consistent with the Security Council’s impartial application of international law.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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(Media Contact: Anne Nicholas, Anne.Nicholas@americanbar.org, )

Please click here for a biography and photo of Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, president of the _.

Comments (3)

  • Enid H. Adler
    7:41 PM November 23, 2011

    This is an outstanding statement from ABA President Bill Robinson. It puts the global spotlight on the ABA for taking a strong stand on ending the killing with impunity of the people of Syria by a dictator whose only interest seems to be his survival in power.

  • Shams Naqvi, MSAE
    1:30 PM November 24, 2011

    Mr. Robinson,

    As appalling as Syrian human rights violation may be, I am equally appalled by your choice of publishing your thoughts on a foreign situation while remaining silent on equally miserable situation with more than 20 million Americans who are out of work, most for more than a few years now.

    I am further appalled by your choice to post a political comment while the Courts in the United States continue to make decisions that are racially biased, prejudiced against the poor litigants who do not have ability to hire more expensive and “well connected” lawyers, and judges who indulge in self-molestation under their desks, take bribes, and make improper decisions.

    Shams Naqvi
    BSME, MSAE, currently candidate JD at Northwestern California University

  • Kay Bridger-Riley
    1:43 AM November 30, 2011

    Mr. Naqvi,
    You will not find a group who does more than the ABA to find ways to develop and promote programs that provide free legal services for those who cannot afford lawyers.
    And as to that Judge self-molesting judge… he is from my area, and he is no longer a judge and has been disbarred.
    I certainly will not quibble with you about the miserable situation of the millions of Americans who are out of work, but I will quibble with you about your assumption that the ABA has done nothing about it. You might want to take a look at the policies and the work that the ABA does, including other statements made by Mr. Robinson and programs that he is promoting, prior to making bogus claims that the ABA is doing nothing about these situations.
    N. Kay Bridger-Riley