In Britain, a petition that garners 10,000 signatures is deemed important enough to respond to by the government. Today, Britain reacts to the petition to air drop food for Madaya.
After amassing so far close to 52,000 signatures, Britain on Monday called for an end to all sieges in Syria as a U.N. aid convoy arrived in the rebel-held town of Madaya to deliver food to starving residents.
Psychopath Baschar al-Assad’s forces, with help from Hezbollah, have been laying siege to Madaya, but the regime agreed last week to allow the deliveries which will also be made to two other towns besieged by rebels.
British Ambassador to the U.N. Matthew Rycroft said in a statement:
“Starving civilians is an inhuman tactic used by the Asad regime and their allies. All sieges must be lifted to save civilian lives and to bring Syria closer to peace,”
About 400,000 Syrians live in besieged areas, cut off from U.N. aid supplies.
“This is unacceptable”, said the ambassador, adding that impeding aid access may be a violation of international humanitarian law.
The U.N. Security Council was due to hear a report later Monday from UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien on the convoys to Madaya, Fuaa and Kafraya.
Once a petition garners 100,000 the UK Parliament will consider it for debate even though this particular petition won’t have an effect.
If the Parliament, which voted against the Assad US strikes for gassing the people of Ghouta in August 2013, and David Cameron wanted to help the Syrian people protect themselves from the Assad war crimes, they had the occasion and the past five years to do so. Like Barack Obama, neither lifted a finger.
AFP contributed to this article.