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How Long Will the Killing Go On in Syria? (video)

How Long Will the Killing Go On in Syria? (video)

Last Wednesday, Syria agreed to an Arab League plan to put an end to seven months of violent crackdown against protesters calling for democratic reforms. The next day, 25 people were killed in Syria and, the day after that, at least 15; a total of 104 have been killed since last week. Friday has become the day for antigovernment protests in Syria; this Friday at least 20 people were killed across the country. Among those killed was an 8-year-old girl in Homs, says Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as well as a soldier who had defected.

Under the deal, President Bashar al-Assad had promised to withdraw all security forces and military vehicles and to stop the killing of protesters. Syria has said that it is adhering to the terms of the Arab League deal and that it has released 550 political detainees and offered amnesty to those with weapons.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is now urging the Arab League to suspend Syria’s membership and to request that the UN Security Council call for an arms embargo and sanctions against responsible individuals. In a recently issued 63-page report, HRW accuses Syria of crimes against humanity, specifically citing the “systematic nature of abuses against civilians in Homs by Syrian government forces.” At least 587 people have been killed in Homs by government forces from mid-April to the end of August; at least 3,500 people have killed since the uprising began in the southern city of Daraa in mid-March.

The report also says that Syria should be referred to the International Criminal Court. Former detainees have said they have been tortured with heated metal rods, electric shocks and stress positions.

The Arab League is holding an emergency meeting in Cairo on Saturday at which its members will discuss suspending Syria’s membership and imposing economic sanctions, moves that would further isolate Syria. While Qatar has called for the Arab League to take a more aggressive stance towards Syria, Algeria, Yemen, Lebanon and Sudan are opposed to any further action. Saudi Arabia has also urged more caution. Eiad Shurbaji, an opposition figure reached in Damascus, was skeptical about the Arab League’s increased pressure on Syria having an effect.

Egypt’s newspaper Ahram reports that Syrian activists are planning to hold a mock funeral outside the Arab League’s Cairo headquarters, to highlight its ineffectual response to the Syrian crisis. Supporters of anti-government protesters in Syria are urged to participate in a Syria Sit-in on YouTube by filming themselves expressing support for the protesters and opposition to the Syrian government’s brutal crackdown and sending the clip to SyrianHub@gmail.com. Below is Iceland politician Birgitta Jonsdottir expressing her support for Syrians.

The HRW report emphasizes that protesters in Syria have for the most part been unarmed, and that defectors from government forces have intervened on behalf of civilians only when they have been attacked by fire from regime troops. Indeed, the HRW report underscores that it has been the government’s strategy to provoke the opposition into an armed conflict. The international community needs to take a more active stance about Syria and “ensure an immediate cessation of lethal force lest the country slip into bloodier conflict.”

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1:43PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

I really hope that this is resolved soon an that the parties responsible for the massacres are punished to the full extent fo the law. The people who give their lives to make a statement and a plea for peace and democracy are true heroes, and my thanks goes out them and condolences to their families. These amazing activists are paving the way to the future and believe that one day their efforts will show to have not been in vain! I shall now raise my glass and drink to the memory of past and future everyday heroes.

8:13AM PST on Nov 14, 2011

Marilyn - what part of my comments is non sense to you?

2:02PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

thanks

9:40AM PST on Nov 13, 2011

AbdulAziz A. what nonsense,

I totally agree with the HRW report. Assad and his entire cabinet and those engaged in killing civilians should be arrested and tried in the Hague. When found guilty they should be put in prison for life without parole.

4:37AM PST on Nov 13, 2011

There is nothing better than seeing the Arabs killing Arabs for US and its illegitimate baby - Isreal (growing up to be a bully in its own right).

Mosad, Mi5, Mi6 and CIA have been busy planning the shake up for along time. Although I wish the best for all oppressed people of the world (including Palestinians) these are only small victories with no certainty what will happen next. they are still trying to workout who should go next and what they can gain from their removals.

Saudi, Omani, Qatri, Bahraini, Yameni and other despots are still required for their oil and strategic reasons hence they are still tolerated and assisted in their position. Even Egypt, Libya and Tunisia are unsure who they will be allowed to have as their leaders. They will have to sanctioned and acceptable to the West and the Zionists.

Wish the people of Syria the best and hope the bullying oppressor goes away soon

2:11AM PST on Nov 13, 2011

And previously Julian Assange's close friend and coworker on Wikileaks. Funny, I saw her for the first time today watching videos on Wikileaks, and here she is again. Wild.

May the Syrian gov't stop this senseless violence and embrace the message of her people. Prayers and blessings.

6:47PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

I wish those poor people will be soon free the are so brave !

2:46PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Well, I don't know what happened to my post!

What I said - or tried to say - was that HRW never mentions the 1300 Syrian military personnel that have been killed by these allegedly peaceful and unarmed protesters. And notr do the Western media. This whole "protest" in Syria is a Zionist inspired and directed attempt to topple a regime the Zionist Entity hates.

2:30PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

"How Long Will the Killing Go On in Syria? (video)

by Kristina Chew
November 11, 2011
6:07 pm

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Last Wednesday, Syria agreed to an Arab League plan to put an end to seven months of violent crackdown against protesters calling for democratic reforms. The next day, 25 people were killed in Syria and, the day after that, at least 15; a total of 104 have been killed since last week. Friday has become the day for antigovernment protests in Syria; this Friday at least 20 people were killed across the country. Among those killed was an 8-year-old girl in Homs, says Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as well as a soldier who had defected.

Under the deal, President Bashar al-Assad had promised to withdraw all security forces and military vehicles and to stop the killing of protesters. Syria has said that it is adhering to the terms of the Arab League deal and that it has released 550 political detainees and offered amnesty to those with weapons.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is now urging the Arab League to suspend Syria’s membership and to request that the UN Security Council call for an arms embargo and sanctions against responsible individuals. In a recently issued 63-page report, HRW accuses Syria of crimes against humanity, specifically citing the 

2:11PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Probrobly when they overthrow the loser dictator in that country but ya have to wonder if whoever replaces him will not be even worse so far they have been

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