By Amnesty International Canada Staff
Thank you to the hundreds of thousands of Amnesty International supporters worldwide who took action so quickly to urge safety and protection for the civilians trapped last week in Aleppo.
Our voice helped put serious pressure on key governments and the UN Security Council to help ensure that people were evacuated safely out of Aleppo, and that UN monitors will be deployed to protect civilians.
The UN Security Council voted on December 19th to deploy UN monitors to make sure that people are evacuated, and these evacuations are nearly complete. And now, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution establishing an independent international mechanism to ensure accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Syria since March 2011. With this resolution, the General Assembly helps overcome the Security Council's deadlock on accountability and is the first step toward justice for thousands of victims.