Stop the Bloodshed in Syria

Protesters gathered outside the UN in New York to show solidarity with the people of Syria in their uprising against the Syrian authorities. Copyright: Demotix
Protesters gathered outside the UN in New York to show solidarity with the people of Syria in their uprising against the Syrian authorities. Copyright: Demotix

This from Amnesty International this morning:

Syria is becoming an ever more dangerous place for those daring to demand political reform. Over 540 people have died since protestors first took to the streets in March and hundreds more have been arbitrarily arrested, detained and tortured.

One recently released detainee told us how he was stripped, beaten and then made to lick his own blood off the floor.

And we have received accounts of government tanks shelling civilian areas, and of security forces using snipers to target people trying to help wounded protestors.

Take action to stop the bloodshed now

As security was further heightened ahead of last Friday’s Day of Defiance, human rights activists across the country were forced into hiding after receiving threats from the authorities.

Please support our call for Syria to be referred to the International Criminal Court, and urge President al-Assad to stop the killing by immediately reining in the army and security forces. Sign our petition

Thank you once again for your continued support – it is making a huge difference.

Kate Allen
Director

P.S To keep up to date with the latest news and action on Syria, and the Middle East and North Africa crisis please visit our website.

How Low are No2AV Willing to Go?

yes to fairer votesHaving lost the argument and having been consistently out organised by grass roots volunteers, the guardians of the old politics have been reduced to dirty scare stories and smears to try and score a cheap political point.

As horrifying as this may sound, the No campaign took out a two-page advertisement in the Birmingham Mail claiming that a sick baby “needs a new cardiac facility NOT an alternative voting system”.

This is shocking and shameful.

This is not the debate that the country deserves.

It’s clear that the No campaign don’t have the decency and integrity to regulate themselves, but this can’t go on.

The Advertising Standards Authority needs to issue guidance on this campaign, and fast. Co-sign the letter to the ASA today:

 

Yes to Decency

http://www.yestofairervotes.org/demand-better

This isn’t the first time that the No campaign have attempted to play on voters’ fears – but it certainly is the crudest.

Just last week they claimed that AV would force the UK to spend £130 million on magical electronic counting machines. This neglected one simple fact – there are absolutely no plans to introduce electronic counting machines – there never were. Australia, which has used AV for 80 years, has never used counting machines.

We must put a stop to these lies, and the only way we can do that is with an open, fair and honest debate – something that is proving surprisingly elusive.

UK voters are entitled to legal, decent, honest and truthful advertising campaigns – these adverts fail on every count. Join us in calling for the ASA to step in today, so that we can get on with the debate the country deserves.

http://www.yestofairervotes.org/demand-better