Syrian security forces summarily executed over 100 civilians and opposition fighters since late 2011, Human Rights Watch stated Monday.
In a 25-page report entitled “In Cold Blood: Summary Executions by Syrian Security Forces and Pro-Government Militias,” the NGO documented the executions of 101 Syrian victims and stated that it is possible that the Assad regime had killed many more.
“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 called on the UN Security Council to send, alongside military observers, "properly equipped human rights monitors able to safely and independently interview victims of human rights abuses."