The international community has not only failed to live up to its responsibility to protect civilians from mass atrocity crimes but its very inaction has encouraged escalating criminality by the Assad regime. With the crossing of the red line on chemical weapons use refocusing international attention on Syria, we risk losing credibility -- and more Syrians risk losing their lives -- should we not start now taking meaningful action to protect civilians in Syria. To that end, it is critically important that any intervention adhere to the requirements of international law.
Human rights lawyer; Founder, Freedom Now
Jared Genser is Managing Director of Perseus Strategies and Founder of Freedom Now, a nonprofit organization that works to free prisoners of conscience through legal, political and public relations advocacy efforts. In winter 2008, he was a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School teaching a weekly seminar entitled "The U.N. Security Council in the 21st Century: Operations, Impact, and Reform." He was a 2006-2007 visiting fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy. His human rights clients have included former Czech Republic President Václav Havel, former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Desmond Tutu and Elie Wiesel. Previously, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, the global strategy consulting firm. He is both a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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