FULLY BOOKED #FCBBCA: Crisis in Syria – what can be done?

Talk February 24, 2012 7:00 PM

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The response of President Bashar Assad to the protests in Syria has been to launch a brutal crack down on his opponents that hasĀ reportedly led to the deaths of an estimated 6,000 people.

As the violence intensifies in the wake of the veto by Russia and China of the U.N. Security Council’s resolution condemning the violence, we will be discussing what options are now available to the people of Syria, the Free Syrian Army and President Bashar al-Assad and his regime.

What role should the international community play in the face this deepening crisis? Should the Arab League put more pressure on President Assad to cease the bombardment of rebel-held areas? What of the rest of the people of Syria, where does their support lie?

Chaired by BBC Arabic presenterĀ Rasha Qandeel.


Dr Mouna Ghanem, a Syrian politician and vice president of the Syrian political movement “building the Syrian state”. She is also a senior gender advisor with an extensive experience in the Arab region, mainly on women issues and reproductive health.

Ammar Waqqaf, member of the Syrian Social Club (a group of British Syrians and Syrians living in the UK, who prefer regime reform, rather than regime change.)

Ramita Navai, British-Iranian journalist and reporter for Channel 4’s foreign affairs series, Unreported World. Late last year she spent two weeks living undercover in Syria with members of the opposition movement.

Malik Al-Abdeh, chief editor of Barada TV a London-based Syrian opposition satellite channel and former BBC journalist.