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Firinn
11th January 2012, 12:10
Hello good people of Avalon,

I'm sure a large number of you receive regular updates from Avaaz (Avaaz.org is a 10-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. "Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.)

I received the following email and wonder if this is entirely accurate as this kind of message could play right in to TPTW hands as further justification to invade the country. Your thought please....


Dear friends,

A new Avaaz report reveals that Syria's murderous regime is torturing peaceful demonstrators, pulling out their toenails and fingernails and electrocuting them. We can push the UN to refer Syria's brutal dictator Bashar al-Assad to the International Criminal Court to be tried for crimes against humanity. Let's build a massive global outcry:



This is hard to report, but Avaaz’s own members are being tortured by Syria’s monstrous regime. Manhal* reports that he was held in a secret prison where they pulled out his fingernails and toenails and electrocuted his body parts. "I have seen death, and I’ve been tortured nearly to death," he's told us. But if we act now, we can make Manhal's sacrifice the last straw that turns the whole world against the Assad regime.

The Arab League’s observers have failed to stop the brutal crackdown, but pressure on Assad is mounting. Avaaz has just released a terrifying report revealing the scale of Syria’s detention facilities, including what they did to Manhal. If we build a massive global outcry now, we can force key governments to confront the horrors in this report and accelerate the end of Assad.

Sign the petition right now, and when we reach 500,000 signatures we’ll deliver it along with Avaaz’s report to the Arab League and the United Nations Security Council, demanding they refer Assad to the International Criminal Court to be tried for crimes against humanity:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/arrest_syrias_torturers/?vl

The UN has already stated that there have been crimes against humanity in Syria. Now the regime is being dealt its next critical blow -- a harrowing report compiled by Avaaz’s brave Syrian activists making the final link that those crimes against humanity were committed by high-level members of the Assad regime. No other report has detailed high-level links to regime torture to this extent -- it could be our best chance to get the world to act.

We all had hoped that the Arab League’s monitoring mission could stop the violence, but they have been compromised and discredited. Despite witnessing Assad’s snipers first-hand, the monitors have just extended their observation period without a call for urgent action. This is allowing countries like Russia, China and India to stall the United Nations from taking action, while the regime’s pathetic defense for its despicable acts has been that it is fighting a terrorist insurgency, not a peaceful democracy movement. But reports like the one Avaaz is releasing put the lie to this corrupt and atrocious regime. Now we just need the world to witness the horrors it contains.

The time could be up for Assad if we raise a deafening wave of public pressure to tip the scales. Let’s unite the world to demand that the UN Security Council refer the brutal Syrian regime to the International Criminal Court to be tried for crimes against humanity. Sign now and tell everyone:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/arrest_syrias_torturers/?vl

Across the Arab world, people power has toppled dictator after dictator, and our amazing Avaaz community has been at the heart of these struggles for democracy, breaking the media blackouts imposed by corrupt leaders, empowering citizen journalists, providing vital emergency relief to communities under siege, and helping protect hundreds of activists and their families from regime thugs. Let’s not let Manhal’s suffering for freedom be in vain. Let’s demand the UN take action now.

With hope and determination,

Luis, Ian, Maria Paz, Ricken, Emma, Stephanie, Wissam, Heather and the whole Avaaz team

* - “Manhal’s” name has been changed to protect his identity.

SOURCES

Avaaz Detention Facilities Report
http://avaazimages.s3.amazonaws.com/DetentionCentresinSyria.pdf

US slams Syria violence, says 'past time' for UN action (AFP)
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i2gQpPoA7F-2VGwtTsr1faniJwdA?docId=CNG.3ec81592b40bb5358c1575 a97cd5b5ce.a1

France’s Sarkozy says Syrian president must quit after ‘massacres’ committed by his regime (Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/arab-league-calls-emergency-meeting-to-decide-whether-to-withdraw-its-monitors-from-syria/2012/01/03/gIQApRQpXP_story.html

U.S. says Syria not living up to Arab League deal (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/03/us-syria-usa-idUSTRE80219K20120103

Syria Runs Torture Chambers (Huffington Post)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/05/syria-torture-chambers_n_1186300.html

Report of the independent international commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic (UN Human Rights Council)
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/specialsession/17/docs/A-HRC-S-17-2-Add1.pdf


With love,
Firinn

Seikou-Kishi
11th January 2012, 12:20
I thought exactly the same thing and refused to sign it on that basis. Good to see I wasn't the only one who thought it. Thanks for sharing.

Firinn
11th January 2012, 12:52
Thanks Seikou-Kishi, I'm also glad to know its not just me thinking like this. Would be good hear more views from our fellow Avalonians .

Much love,
Firinn

RMorgan
11th January 2012, 14:11
Me too. At the moment I read the first lines of this email, I´ve deleted it.

fathertedsmate
11th January 2012, 15:55
have a good hard look look at who is behind this organisation

Firinn
11th January 2012, 16:08
have a good hard look look at who is behind this organisation

Hi fathertedsmate, what have you found out about who is behind Avaaz? Can you point us in a good direction to start looking for ourselves?

moontime
11th January 2012, 16:26
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avaaz.org
In 2008, Canadian minister John Baird labeled Avaaz a "shadowy foreign organization" tied to billionaire activist George Soros.[47] Other conservative Canadians, such as Ezra Levant,[48] have identified Soros as an indirect supporter through MoveOn.[49][50] Avaaz states the campaign in question was "exclusively run and funded by Canadians, and has been fully reviewed and registered as a legitimate third party by Elections Canada."[51]
Some claim that Avaaz's focus on online petitions and email campaigns may encourage laziness, transforming potential activism into 'clicktivism'.[8][52

Ouroboros
11th January 2012, 16:40
I thought exactly the same thing and refused to sign it on that basis. Good to see I wasn't the only one who thought it. Thanks for sharing.

Yup me too.

percival tyro
11th January 2012, 17:06
They probably want to assist Syria into becoming another Iraq or Libya for their own good. Not to worry I'm sure that the UN can turn the cradle of civilisation into a dust bowl, without the aid of helpful organisations,