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Saturday 18 August 2018

Hollywood stars send peace plea to Syrians

FRUSTRATED by the failure of diplomats to end the killings in Syria, activists are hoping stars such as Natalie Portman and the internet can be more effective.

Celebrities are rallying today, the first anniversary of the conflict, to support a message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the UN: Stop One Year Of Bloodshed.

Actresses Susan Sarandon and Portman penned hand-written notes which campaigners posted on YouTube, there is a one-minute video montage of celebrities, such as actor Patrick Stewart from Star Trek, holding 'Unite for Syria' signs.

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The idea is the celebrities will draw attention to the situation in Syria, increasing the weight of world public opinion on Syria's leader, said Philippe Bolopion, UN director at Human Rights Watch.

"We hope they will help impress on the Syrian government and its few remaining supporters, including Russia, that the rest of the world will not turn a blind eye while mass atrocities are committed against the civilian population," said Mr Bolopion.

"It was conceived as a show of solidarity to Syrian victims who must feel abandoned by the UN Security Council."

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