Free Syrian Army bans abuses, party politics

August 21, 2012 00:50

AMMAN - The Free Syrian Army, which groups rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad, issued new orders on Monday forbidding the torture and killing of prisoners following criticism by UN investigators.

In what was described as a new internal charter, read out by a rebel commander in a video posted on the Internet, the organization also forbade its members from belonging to political or religious factions and committed them to refraining from engaging in politics in a post-Assad state.

Free Syrian Army troops must, Colonel Qassem Saadeldin said, "implement principles of international law which forbid harming civilians ... and torturing or killing captured combatants."

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