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Syria Accused of Systematic Killing and Torturing of Its Own People, Including Children

Syria Accused of Systematic Killing and Torturing of Its Own People, Including Children

Australia’s foreign minister, Kevin Rudd, has called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to face trial at the International Criminal Court over “brutal” incidents including the alleged torture and murder of a 13-year-old boy, Hamza al-Khatib. The BBC‘s Jim Muir says that the boy has become an “icon” of the anti-government uprising in Syria which has entered its twelfth week. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the boy’s death is a sign of how “deaf” the Syrian regime is to its own people:

I can only hope that this child did not die in vain but that the Syrian government will end the brutality and begin a transition to real democracy.

Hamza al-Khatib is being hailed as a “martyr” by the opposition and also by the Syrian government. Syrian state media reports that Assad visited the boy’s father and family who reportedly said they were “engulfed … with his kindness and graciousness.” The boy’s father is reported to have said that “The president considered Hamza his own son and was deeply affected.”

Anti-government protesters are now holding pictures of Hamza at demonstrations and comparing him to “the Tunisian market-seller Mohamed Bouazizi and Iranian pro-democracy protester Neda Agha Soltan whose deaths galvanised anti-government campaigns.” The BBC gives this account:

The boy went missing after a demonstration at an army barracks near Deraa in the south at the end of April.

Activists say he was captured and tortured to death, and that his mutilated body was handed back to his family four weeks later.

The government says he received three fatal gunshot wounds during the protest and died on the spot, but there was a delay in handing over his body because he was not identified.

Syrian state TV aired a programme about the teenager on Tuesday night in which a judge said death was due to “a number of bullet wounds without any indication of torture or beating on the body”.

Coroner Akram al-Shaar blamed the state of the body on decomposition, adding: “There are no marks on the surface of the body that show violence, resistance or torture.”

Hamza is not the only young person in Syria who has been detained and tortured. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the Dara’a teenagers whose arrests for writing anti-goverment graffiti were the catalyst for the uprising in Syria were treated brutally:

When released, the children, who were as young as 10, bore burn marks from cigarettes and had fingernails torn out, said human-rights activists and a Deraa resident who said he saw some of them after their release.

The allegations spread, enraging Syrians including the shopworker in Homs, Syria’s third-largest city. “It was so violent to pull nails from children’s hands,” the man said. “We have had enough of oppression.”

Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report on Wednesday saying that the “systematic killings and torture by Syrian security forces” in Dara’a could “qualify as crimes against humanity.”

The Wall Street Journal reports on numerous accounts of Syrians who have been tortured with cuts, burns, blows and worse in a military hospital. Doctors at a facility in Damascus were “pushed by security officers to take part in torture”:

A doctor at a different military hospital, in Damascus, said he had witnessed similar scenes. This doctor said his hospital has an “alternative ER” where people are tortured, with methods that include inflicting cuts and giving patients morphine for several days and then withdrawing it.

Journalists have also suffered brutal treatment by Syrian authorities. In the French newspaper LeMonde, Algerian journalist Khaled Sid-Mohand describes numerous beatings while being detained for almost a month (April 9 – March 3) in a Syrian prison.

Just today, Al-Jazeera reports that an 11-year-old girl, Malak Munir al-Qaddah, was among those killed when the military attacked the town of Hirak with tanks and artillery.

How long can the rest of the world stand by while Syria tortures and kills its own people — its own children?

 

Previous Care2 Coverage

Syrian President Announces General Amnesty; Opposition is Skeptical (VIDEO)

Tanks Surround Two More Cities in Syria; Protesters Try New Tactics 

Stalemate in Syria?

Syrian Women Take to the Streets, Are Targeted by Government Forces

Troops Fire, Thousands March Throughout Syria (VIDEO)

 

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12:29PM PDT on Aug 31, 2013

holy shit..what a horrendous story..pulling fingernails off children...WTF??? What kind of monster can do such a thing?

12:10PM PDT on Aug 31, 2013

Gerry Moran. You are a moron! I don't really care that you CHOOSE to be an atheist. My actual best friend is one, but he doesn't disrespect people who CHOOSE to have faith. I don't truly believe in atheism. All I see are a bunch of hard-headed, angry children who doesn't want to play by the rules so they can get away with living as THEY want to live and not as God says they should. Death will be your eye opener, but it will be too late, loser.

3:00PM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

This is horrible. Not just in Syria though. Governments all around the world are corrupted.

11:03AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

This is not new for Syria.Like father like son.

2:41PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Children are supposed to be our future .... what the hell is happening here??? How can we have hope in our future when they behave like adults from the age of 10 and then killed like
adults. Children need to be children and adults need to treat them as such.... God help us.

4:14PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

@ Ameer T. Cont...

Go ahead.Take a shot at Santa and the Tooth Fairy. You're too ignorant to know how stupid that is coming from someone like you who believes in the invisible man in the sky.

Apart from all that, you've got me totally wrong. You made some silly assumptions about me, none of which are actually correct, yet you seem to think I'm the one jumping to all the wrong conclusions.

4:13PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

@ Ameer T. Cont...

"...Osama has been killed in Pakistan..."

I suppose you cling to the idea that your hero is still alive and able to lead the war against freedom and towards the islamic goal of a global caliphate. It makes no difference whether he's dead or not. This is a war which needs to be fought because it is being forced upon us, not because we want or started it. This is the will of muslims.


"...and santa claus was seen dating the tooth fairy."

WOW!! Now that's rich coming from someone who believes in god! Hey! They're not married either!! That should keep you and your crowd happy as you can now demand that the tooth fairy be stoned to death for committing adultery!! I know you guys love that kind of thing, right?

god, Santa and the Tooth Fairy are much the same, except that there is actually some evidence for the exstance of Santa and the Tooth Fairy, since presents appear and teeth are replaced by money. Of course, when we grow up a little, we figure it out and realise what really happened. But people like you carry on throughout your ADULT lives, believing in something utterly stupid, for which there is no evidence whatsoever. Beside this, at least Santa and the tooth fairy are nice myths, unlike 'god' who is without doubt the product of evil minds. Man created gods, not the other way around.

Cont...

4:11PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

@ Ameer T. Cont...

"Personally i had thought that most Americans were by now aware that they had been conned by the bush administration into this fictitious war on terrorism and fighting the invisible ever present enemy. But i guess there are still some who believe that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction..."

I said I thought iraq had WMDs? As it happens, I never agreed with that war and still don't. I am VERY aware that it was fought under false pretences and was in no way meant to bring about justice for the iraqi people. Nor do I trust the American or UK governments in other matters. But these are side issues. The threat to global peace from islam is very real and was set in place around 1400 years ago. islam is pure evil and has no tolerance for others. There is intent to force the non muslim population of this planet to submit to your fictitious evil, allah and the oppression that is islam. For this reason, there is a very real war going on between the free world and your evil death cult. I still don't trust the US and the UK and how they're handling it, but it is a war which muslims want and started. This has nothing to do with "the history of humanity" which your thieving, murdering, raping, paedophile prophet set about destroying in order to get his way and then influenced those who came after him to carry on his evil work. Nor has it anything to do with recent political issues. It does have everything to do with islamic principles though.

Cont...

4:10PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

@ Ameer T.

"Siusaidh please dont be put off by the comments of Mabolsa Ritchie (Bush). She has sucked up and soaked up information from most if not all anti-Islamic propaganda websites to be so far doped that it would be impossible for her to rationalize in a civil way."

Really? And how would you know this exactly? The truth is, I have very rarely visited any of these sites which according to you are purely anti islamic propaganda, but which merely show the truth. I got my information and opinion on islam by reading the koran and two other very informative books, and by opening my eyes and observing how muslims behave. It's abundantly clear from this just how evil islam is.

"her arguments can be answered by every muslim school kid and anyone who knows even the slightest bit about history of humanity would know that she doesn't even have a ground to stand on."

This is bullshit and you know it. But then, you're a muslim and will lie to defend your evil death cult.

So... any muslim school kid could answer my arguments? Care to take me up on that? I'm game!

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3:48AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Siusaidh please dont be put off by the comments of Mabolsa Ritchie (Bush). She has sucked up and soaked up information from most if not all anti-Islamic propaganda websites to be so far doped that it would be impossible for her to rationalize in a civil way.

her arguments can be answered by every muslim school kid and anyone who knows even the slightest bit about history of humanity would know that she doesn't even have a ground to stand on.

Personally i had thought that most Americans were by now aware that they had been conned by the bush administration into this fictitious war on terrorism and fighting the invisible ever present enemy. But i guess there are still some who believe that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, Osama has been killed in Pakistan and santa claus was seen dating the tooth fairy.

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