Rights group tracks 'cold-blooded killing' in Syria

By REUTERS
April 9, 2012 15:50

 
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BEIRUT - Syrian security forces have summarily executed over 100 civilians and wounded or captured opposition fighters in recent attacks on opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday.

It documents more than a dozen incidents involving at least 101 victims since late 2011, many of them in March 2012, in which Syrians were killed in cold blood by security forces and pro-government militiamen.

"In a desperate attempt to crush the uprising, Syrian forces have executed people in cold blood, civilians and opposition fighters alike," said Ole Solvang, emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch.

"They are doing it in broad daylight and in front of witnesses, evidently not concerned about any accountability for their crimes."

Human Rights Watch said the UN Security Council should ensure that any UN mission mandated to supervise the six-point peace plan brokered by the UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan "would be in a position to document such crimes."

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