Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, accused of imprisoning, torturing, and slaughtering his own people, has been asked to step down by U.S. President Barack H. Obama. Human rights groups around the world say al-Assad has murdered more than 1,800 civilians since March. U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg argued that the Syrian president is as ‘irrelevant’ to the country’s future as Muammar Gaddafi is to Libya’s.
The United Nations said on Thursday that they have found a “pattern” of human rights violations that constitutes widespread or systematic attacks against the people of Syria. ”It is clear that President Assad believes … he can silence the voices of his people by resorting to the repressive tactics of the past,” the president said. “But he is wrong…The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way.”
President Obama says the United States will not interfere in any government turnover that may happen as a result of al-Assad’s refusal to peacefully relinquish control.