Syrian rebel leader urges respect for human rights

By REUTERS
March 26, 2013 17:33

DOHA - Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib on Tuesday urged Arab rulers to free political prisoners and join Syrians in breaking "a link of repression", departing from the anodyne rhetoric common at Arab summits.

Taking Syria's seat at the Arab League gathering in Qatar for the first time, Alkhatib pulled no punches in his appeal to the assembled emirs and presidents, who are often criticised by human rights groups for their handling of domestic dissent.

"As your youngest brother, I tell you: fear God while dealing with your people, reinforce your country with fairness and justice," the Sunni Muslim cleric said, acknowledging that he was breaking away from diplomatic protocol.

Alkhatib called on the leaders to adopt a resolution "to free detainees in all of the Arab world so that the day of the victory of the Syrian revolution, which will break a link of repression, is a day of joy for all our peoples".


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