Investigate Russian Airstrikes in Syria

Target: Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth

Goal: Launch an in depth investigation into human rights violations against Syrian civilians by Russian airstrikes.

Russian airstrikes have begun targeting Syria, yet have been aimed at both rebel groups and civilians alike. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks rights violations and death tolls through extensive networking, more than fifty civilians have been killed just this past week due to Russian strikes.

Russia claims that the strikes are targeting ISIS, a spokesman for the States Department, John Kirby, asserts that more than 90 percent of Russian strikes have been against groups, many western backed, that want to rebuild Syria in order to have a better future. According to National Public Radio, residents of rebel-held areas are becoming increasingly worried for their safety.

What is equally as disturbing, is the the New York, United States-based Physicians for Human Rights identified three strikes on October 2nd and October 3rd that caused injuries, damaged medical facilities, and jeopardizing many civilians’ ability to receive urgent care. The Syrian people have suffered long enough. We cannot wait for more civilians to suffer at the ends of anyone. Human rights violations need to be examined.


Dear Mr. Roth,

As Russia’s involvement in Syria has dramatically increased, so has the pain and suffering of the Syrian people. According to Physicians for Human Rights, three Russian airstrikes occurring between October 2nd and the 3rd have damaged medical facilities and caused numerous injuries. “Bashar al-Assad’s forces have been relentlessly attacking Syria’s health care system for the past four years and the Russian government is now following in their footsteps,” Widney Brown, PHR’s director of programs, said in a press release. “With these actions, Russia is damaging hospitals, putting patients and medical staff at risk, and depriving civilians of life-saving access to health care.”

To have airstrikes near hospitals shows a blatant disregard for the sanctity of human life. Putin has his own agenda in Syria and has been targeting groups that are in support of a stronger, more unified Syria. Thus, it is necessary that human rights violations are tracked.


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  1. Wayne Johnson says:

    Only the 4th petition I have refused to sign. The United States created ISIS as a result of the war in Iraq which killed over a million innocent men, women, and children. The United States, in its attempt to overthrow Assad, the legal President of Syria, has allowed THOUSANDS of innocent people to have been tortured and murdered by the rebels and ISIS. THOUSANDS of important artifacts have been destroyed by ISIS too and the ultimate blame MUST be placed on our own Government for financing them.

    If Russia can get the job done of getting rid of both the rebels and ISIS, GOOD FOR HIM!

    Many MILLIONS of Americans back Russia in their attempts. I am one of them.

    • I back Russia to get rid of ISIS. The group created and fully funded by the US and Saudi Governments and trained by the CIA to mass murder innocent people.

  2. I refuse to sign this! The US supports it's own agenda in the Middle east and usually makes a mess of everything. Then it steals the assets of those countries and makes itself wealthy. The Russians are busy cleaning up the mess the US created.Good for them! 

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