The Australian Government strongly condemns the recent actions of the
Syrian regime against its people.
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the regime's acts of intimidation and
human rights abuses were deplorable.
"Australia calls on the Syrian authorities to immediately end all violence
against civilians and to withdraw the military from the streets of Dera'a,
Homs, and other cities," Mr Rudd said.
"The Government is ramping up targeted financial sanctions against key
regime figures responsible for human rights abuses and lethal suppression
of peaceful protests in Syria, and is also imposing an embargo on arms and
other equipment used for internal repression."
This builds on Australia’s financial sanctions against key regime members
initiated in April.
"We will continue to bring pressure to bear on the Syrian Government to end
the regime’s completely unacceptable use of violence against the Syrian
people," Mr Rudd said.
Mr Rudd spoke yesterday with UN Secretary General Ban and encouraged the
appointment of a Special Representative on Syria to investigate and report
on developments there.
Australia also co-sponsored a resolution in the UN Human Rights Council on
29 April that condemned the use of lethal force against protestors.
Mr Rudd welcomed the fact that Syria will not be a candidate for the UN
Human Rights Council.
"Syria’s membership of the Council would have been an affront to the people
of Syria and the international community."
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