Submitted by ub on Sat, 02/11/2012 - 16:20

As the death toll continues to rise in Syria, hundreds of largely unarmed people have reportedly been killed in the city of Homs alone and that crisis is escalating.

The world must do everything in its power to end the Assad regime's violent crackdown. Instead, Russia, a country with influence over Syria, appears to be standing by while crimes against humanity are being committed.

Last weekend, Russia, together with China, vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Syria, crushing one of the last and best hopes of ending the violence that has claimed thousands of lives since March. The resolution -- though watered-down -- was the closest the global community had come to taking firm action toward ending the violence that has brought Syria to the brink of civil war.

Amnesty International is forming a millions-strong global human rights movement - demanding that Russia take steps to stop an escalating humanitarian crisis in Syria.