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Rights violations in Syria soar - UN

2012-09-17 14:01

Geneva - Serious human rights violations have soared dramatically in Syria in recent weeks, the head of a UN commission tasked with probing the abuses said on Monday.

"Gross violations of human rights have grown in number, in pace and in scale," Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, a top UN investigator told diplomats gathered in Geneva.

"The frequency with which these egregious violations occur outstrips the commission's ability to investigate them," he said, lamenting that "civilians, many of them children, are bearing the brunt of the spiralling violence".

Speaking during the 21st session of the UN's Human Rights Council, he presented an updated version of the CoI's report last month, which charged that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, and the opposition to a lesser extent, had committed war crimes during the 18-month crisis.

Since that report, the situation has gotten even worse, he said.

"The human rights situation in the Syrian Arab Republic has deteriorated to such a degree that it is difficult to describe," he said.
The death toll from spiralling conflict has risen to more than 27 000 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on activist accounts from the ground. The United Nations puts the toll at 20 000.

Rebel fighters were not spared in the probe, which also found them guilty of war crimes, including murder, extrajudicial execution and torture.

After Pinheiro's presentation, Faysal Khabbaz Hamouia, a representative of the Syrian government, slammed the report as inaccurate.

"Syria calls on all who support the bloodshed of its people ... to stop doing so," he said, charging that the international community was stoking the flames of the conflict, while 17 countries were sending "jihadist terrorists" to fight for the "fragmentation of the Middle East into Islamic emirates".

Comments
  • Fidel - 2012-09-17 14:15

    In war, right and wrong are rarely clear (ask the people of Dresden) and perhaps not even relevant. And civil wars are usually muddier and nastier!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-17 14:54

      It is only 'muddier' for the loony left, who won't accept reality!!!!! Here , one has an '(unelected)' DICTATOR, who is doing EVERYTHING in his power, for his family not to loose THEIR country !! This assad DICTATOR/TYRANT is firing rockets from tanks into apartment blocks !!! This assad terrorist drops bombs from aircraft, on unarmed civilians, standing in a que, to buy bread !! This assad monster, has his terrorist fire live ammunition, from gunship helicopters, on women and children !!! And YOU query, the 'right' and 'wrong' What is your problem ???? You must have the mind of a donkey, to go and ask the people in ..............Dresden !!! Ask the people in Bloemfontein and Durban, if this scumbag is fit to be a head of state ???

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-17 15:14

      You right Fidel , now it needs to be asked if its all worth it to keep Assad (one man)as head of state. The next question would be , does he realitically think that things can go back to how they were even if he does overwhelm the rebels militarily? The tragedy here is that there is no scenario where he being in power will not result in a monumental negative outcome in whatever form for the country. The longer the war carries on the more this becomes evident , the more oppertunists it attracts , the longer the recovery will take , the more weapons flood the streets and most important the more civilians die and pay the cost for the right to choose their leadership.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-17 15:16

      It's hard to see right from wrong holding obvious reality-distorting beliefs such as Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. Your words on the US/Mandela thread.

      Fidel - 2012-09-17 15:31

      Assad will definately go but on his own terms as he still has the power to dictate those terms. The rebels on the other hand have no such powers to demand his stepping down. What both parties need to do is to sit down and try to compromise on what the final terms of his departure should be. Assad's refusal to step down is his starting position - in a negotiation, you don't give away your strongest cards before you start. The Syrian army has stood by its leadership and there's been no mass defections, and this tells me that a large part of the Syrian population still prefers Assad, despite the reported deaths of thousands. The rebels aren't going to shoot their way to power!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-17 16:25

      Mgoqi are your knees buckling?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-17 16:44

      Not only is it sad that Fidel believes Nelson Mandela is phony, but he sees Assad as playing a game of cards.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-17 16:52

      Well , then the deaths are unequivovally on his head at the alter of 'how-to-negotiate' which has seen its results over the last 18 months. Once again , one mans needs , wants and ego which has cost the country. I see it a bit different in that popular support is with the FSA because to continue a war like this for the amount of time and not being turned in by civilians (pointing out positions) requires civilian support as well as for food, logistics and inteligence.

      Fidel - 2012-09-17 17:17

      @Ninja It is easier to fight a guerrila war than a conventional one, ask Nato in Afghanistan. I posted a link last week about the FSA's own admission that about 70% of the population of Aleppo was against them and wanted them out of their suburb. The people of Syria seem to have resorted to trusting the devil they know than the one they don't. An article I read somewhere also spoke of Christian taking up weapons for the first time against these rebels to keep them out of their communities.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-17 19:11

      Fidel, Your comment is typical from a radical clown !! ""Assad will definately go but on """his own terms""" WHEN EVER, did any dictator negotiate his own departure ???? SINCE WHEN has a dictator got "the power" to 'negotiate' the return of a country, to its rightful owners ???? The opposition ( there is ONLY an opposition, when it suits you !! ) does not have to 'compromise' at all!! What for ??: Getting back what was stolen from them ???? assad has NO starting point, ONLY AN EXIT POINT !! The FSA is at the very least 60 000 strong, that are defectors from assad terrorists army!!! Why do you think, that after 18 months, with one of the most formidable terrorists armies of the ME, this assad terorist cannot overpower the opposition and ts supporters. BECAUSE the Syrian people are behind the opposition. One just need half a grain of brain, to realize that in a country where 60 % of the population lives on less than two dollars a day, that government/regime is not having much support!! ""The rebels aren't going to shoot their way to power"" WHY NOT ?? This assad rubbish rotten daddy did!!! OR does the loony left ONLY allow DICTYATORS to shoot their way to power ??? Altogether, your comment, is dumb, ignorant and plain stupid !!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-17 19:23

      Predictable dismissive hysterics when faced with an uncomfortable truth. I invariably enjoy your posts, since they can be guaranteed to be incoherent, wrong, self-refuting, or just plain bonkers, all in an entertaining way.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-17 20:00

      The lunacy continues!!! But you still got a 5 % approval rating !! Keep it up!! You must be sooo proud of yourself, that ..............NOBODY agrees with you !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-17 20:19

      "" I posted a link last week about the FSA's own admission that about 70% of the population of Aleppo "" HOW ignorant, dumb and plain stupid can one get !!! Shall I find you a link, that will PROOF your assad hero is actually a woman ??

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-17 20:58

      It does get tiresome responding to your BS and there really is no point talking to you. Please stay away from grinders and other mechanical sawing machinery, perish the thought one day you may be unable to shower us all with your immense wealth of knowledge because you lost your fingers (preferably all of them!)

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-18 05:45

      Only a lunatic enjoys talking to herself !!!!!

  • tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-09-17 16:30

    Stop indefinite detention without trial, end the \kill list\. Punish those responsible for war crimes committed in Fallujah and the rest of Iraq. Stop using illegal enriched uranium in your bombs. Clean up your own mess before pointing fingers.

  • tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-09-17 16:32

    Stop indefinite detention without trial, end the \kill list\. Punish those responsible for war crimes committed in Fallujah and the rest of Iraq. Stop using illegal enriched uranium in your bombs. Just pointing out blatant double standards and hypocrisy by the UN. Clean up your own mess before pointing fingers.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-17 16:42

      There's definitely room for improvement in the freer world. But what are you thinking by focusing on this when an unelected dictator in control of the Syrian state and its military is literally butchering tens of thousands of Syrians, detaining, torturing and having them raped just because they want to vote? Clearly you're squinting through a crack on the extreme fringe of your lenses, avoiding the main picture.

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