Friday, June 3, 2011

The Syrian security forces accused of crimes against humanity Deraa

"Crimes against humanity were committed in Syria during the repression of demonstrations in the town of Dera, according to the NGO Human Rights Watch. In a statement, HRW said that information about "systematic killings and torture by Syrian security forces in Dera since the protests began there March 18, indicate that these can be described as crimes against humanity ".

The organization published a report entitled "We've never seen such a horror," based on over 50 interviews with victims and witnesses. She says these stories are largely unpublished and yet very difficult to confirm because the information flow is blocked by the authorities. They describe systematic killings, beatings, torture with electric shocks and detention of people when they needed medical care.

"For more than two months, Syrian authorities kill and torture their own citizens in the greater impunity," said Sarah Leah Whitson, head for the Middle East Watch. "They should stop them and if they do not, it is the responsibility of the Security Council of the United Nations to ensure that those responsible brought to justice," she said.

HRW believes that in particular the Security Council should impose sanctions against Syria and, if that does not mention Syria before the International Criminal Court (ICC). HRW said that the demonstrations began Deraa in mid-March after the arrest and torture of fifteen children and teenagers accused of painting anti-government graffiti.

The security forces then systematically opened fire on demonstrators, killing at least 418 people in the province alone and more than 887 Deraa throughout Syria, according to a statement drawn up by local activists. HRW cautions that these figures can be verified by independent sources.

In most cases, the shooting took place without warning and came from the roof, causing injuries, often fatal, head, neck and chest. HRW has collected more evidence that these security forces were ordered to shoot to kill. Among the largest massacres, the organization refers to the firing on demonstrations of the inhabitants of nearby villages came Deraa attempt to end the siege of the city by bringing food and water.

Between 25 and 29 April, more than 200 people were killed. The inhabitants of the city in response to repression, however, have sometimes resorted to violence, burning cars and buildings and killing members of the security forces. "Such incidents should be investigated but in no case justify the massive and deadly force against demonstrators," said the NGO, who asked that those responsible for the "bloody repression" in Dera accountable for their actions.

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