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Natalie Portman, Patrick Stewart and Susan Sarandon Unite for Syria

Natalie Portman, Patrick Stewart and Susan Sarandon Unite for Syria

It is a horrific fact, but this time last week, on March 15th, the violence in Syria had officially lasted for one whole year. In that time, the UN estimates that at least 8,000 have been killed, including hundreds of children. Yet the Syrian regime continues to indiscriminately shell civilian neighborhoods, arbitrary arrests and torture are commonplace and humanitarian workers are being denied access to help the thousands that are wounded and without medical aid.

By failing to pass a resolution demanding the violence end, the UN Security Council’s inaction has been interpreted by Assad as a license to kill.

But there is hope. Across the world, from Indonesia to Egypt, America to South Africa, UK to Brazil, activists, NGOs, celebrities and former global leaders came together on March 15th to Unite for Syria, calling on the Security Council to STOP ONE YEAR OF BLOODSHED.

More than 40 political heavyweights from more than 25 countries, including Desmond Tutu, Fernando Cardoso (former President of Brazil), F W de Clerk (former President of South Africa) and Jody Williams (US Nobel Peace Laureate), signed an open letter to the Security Council calling for a resolution against the bloodshed to be passed as a matter of urgency.

Then, some of the world’s largest tweeps, including @NellyFurtado and @StephenFry, took part in a Twitter campaign that reached over 20 million people and trended globally. This also included Arab Spring activists, such as @AlexanderPageSY who was forced to flee Syria and @ArabSpringFF who was held and tortured by the Syrian regime. Both spoke out on March 15th about their experiences, hopes and fears.

Finally, hundreds of campaigners and celebrities, including Natalie Portman, Patrick Stewart and Susan Sarandon, made their own stand to UNITE FOR SYRIA: posting photos and taking part in a campaign video that demonstrated the global outcry against the ongoing crisis.

Alone, videos and photos or tweets and letters will not stop the bloodshed. But a world united against inhumanity will. On March 15th people across the world stood together to demonstrate their unity with Syria. It is time the Security Council took note.

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7:25AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

It's frightening what is happening in Syria, but the situation is a lot messier and complex than just a regime against its people.....

5:22AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

bravo

2:16PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Great! Thanks :)

9:53AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Please, let us support these caring individuals - the world stands by and watches. Any creative minds out there? I'm thinking

8:14AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Good Posting, Thanks

4:02AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Let them support Syria - when all is said and done - there will be no changes and no DEMOCRACY.......

2:22AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

BRAVO this is awesome

12:46PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

They are so awesome and incredible. Syria needs all the support and good wishes it can get.

8:08AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

Kudos to the stars ensuring the media continues to give attention to this ongoing horror.

5:18AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

Thanks for the article.

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