SA concerned over Syria crackdown

2011-08-02 19:10

Johannesburg - South Africa on Tuesday urged the Syrian government to launch a credible investigation into the violent crackdown on anti-regime protests there, the department of international relations said.

"We would like to call on the Syrian authorities to comply with their international obligations under human rights and humanitarian law and to launch a credible and impartial investigation into the violence in Syria," the department said in a statement.

The call came after activists said Syrian security forces killed nearly 140 people on Sunday in one of the deadliest days in more than four months of anti-regime protests.

"South Africa expresses concern at the high number of deaths brought about by the violence in Syria over the past two days. We deeply regret all loss of life and remain concerned about the possible humanitarian impact of the violence," said the department.

The statement added that South Africa believes the only solution to the current crisis is through an inclusive, Syrian-led political process addressing "the legitimate aspirations and concerns of the population which will allow for the full exercise of fundamental freedoms, including that of expression and peaceful assembly."

The violence over the weekend has drawn international condemnation over the use of force and repression against civilian Syrian protesters.

  • peter the gr - 2011-08-02 19:26

    the should be more concerned about our own problems we facing. . . its a war here too....

  • scorpio - 2011-08-02 19:51

    They should rather spend their energy URGING their Youth League to shut the F*^% UP ! Stop worrying about Syria - you've got enough KAK right on your doorstep.

  • Derrick - 2011-08-02 20:03

    "Dear President Assad, we in SA thought we should bring to your attention the fact that your security forces seem to have been slaughtering your population. We realise from experience that it is impossible to actually know what different parts of your government and security apparatus are doing from year to year so suggest that you appoint an independent investigation to see if such events are in fact happening. Of course, if you already know about this matter and are happy that is in accordance with your policies, then carry on and damn the neo-colonialist westerners. We understand how as the most powerful man in your country you have a right to speak and make decisions for your entire people. After all, you're the government. You ARE the people.

      Aquilani - 2011-08-08 22:27

      Likes this. How pathetic is this government statement? It truly represents our government's impotency on a international political stage. The only time there was promise of our government taking the lead seat in international politics was the Libya situation and the AU. BUT THEN ZUMA goes to support his "dear brother", Mr Gaddaffi, one of the worst 40year dictators the world has ever seen. Just cause Gaddaffi had some good intentions to bring Africa together as one (haha!), in the most hypocritical way whilst suppressing all the freedoms of his own people, our African leaders think he was the best. Did anyone reading this see our political leaders solute Gaddaffi on Africa day recently? RECENTLY.... After he started his brutal crackdown of his own people, killing madly, our super intelligent and half retarded racist and ignorant government goes and salutes Gaddaffi. Our government is a f*cking circus man. a F*cking circus.

  • chris.khanye - 2011-08-02 20:06

    This's another proof - SA foreign policy is laughable and Malema always pokes jokes on it. How can you ask the lion to investigate itself? There wont be any witnesses left because the lion would have fed on them.

      Sit-hole - 2011-08-02 20:20

      Malema is a joke. "How can you ask the lion to investigate itself?..." Which is why scorpions where disbanded. (stupid name, but they where good at targeting corruption)

  • Anonymus - 2011-08-02 20:32

    Why does the ANC not do a credable investigation to the 18+ thousand people that are murdered each year??? Stop getting involved in other countries issues when you can't even sort your own issues out!!

  • beicime - 2011-08-03 14:23

    PEOPLE IS DYING AND SOUTH AFRICA SUGGESTS “PAPER WORK” !!!!!!!!!!!!! There isn’t much South Africa can do but what about a strongly worded statement of condemnation? Isn’t that what the ANC wanted during apartheid?

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