Human Rights Situation in Syria Demands International Action | Freedom House

Human Rights Situation in Syria Demands International Action

Washington

Freedom House calls for decisive international action to prevent further brutality by the al-Assad regime against the Syrian people, including special sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council and Security Council passage of tough sanctions against the regime. 
 
“The al-Assad regime continues to make empty gestures of reform, while it simultaneously mows down its own people,” said David J. Kramer, executive director of Freedom House. “The international community can no longer sit idly by but instead must pursue serious measures to prevent further attacks on the Syrian people.  The relative silence from the Arab League and the democratic community of nations concerning the atrocities being perpetuated against the Syrian people is deafening.”
Syrian forces attacked protesters yesterday in the city of Homs, where thousands gathered in the central square to demand political reforms after a funeral service for the dozen people who were killed in Homs during Sunday’s protests. More than 200 people have been killed in Syria since the protests began.
 
In recent weeks, al-Assad has announced numerous political reforms that have fallen far short of protesters’ demands.  Yesterday the government passed a draftdecree law repealing the country’s decades-old emergency law, which has allowed the government unlimited authority to arrest citizens and hold them incommunicado for prolonged periods without charge. The same day, it arrested prominent opposition figure, Mahmoud Issa and continued its deadly attacks on citizens. More protests are planned for Friday in Homs and the regime has warned that they will be met with force.
 
Syria is one of the world’s most brutal regimes. Many of the estimated 2,000 to 2,500 political prisoners in Syria have never been tried.
 
Syria is ranked Not Free in Freedom in the World 2011, Freedom House's survey of political rights and civil liberties, and Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2010.
 
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