New York: United Nations Security Council should support a resolution demanding an end to the Syrian government’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests in the country in which more than 1,000 have been killed, a human rights group said on Saturday.
According to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), “non-governmental organizations and others are now reporting that the number of men, women and children killed since the protests began in March has exceeded 1,100, with up to 10,000 or more detained.”
“The Security Council’s complete silence in the face of mass atrocities against the people of Syria is emboldening the Syrian government in its bloody crackdown,’ said Philippe Bolopion, UN director at Human Rights Watch.
“A veto by Russia and China to protect the Syrian government and block efforts to stop the killings would be a serious betrayal of Syria’s beleaguered citizens.”
Despite the efforts of Syrian authorities to prevent access to the country, Human Rights Watch researchers have conducted dozens of interviews inside Syria and established that Syrian security forces have killed hundreds of protesters and arbitrarily arrested thousands, many of whom, including children, have been beaten and tortured, a statement said.
The systematic and deliberate nature and scale of the government’s abuses in the Daraa governorate, where at least 418 people have been killed and many others tortured, including children, suggest that they qualify as crimes against humanity.