Human Rights Violations Committed by the Syrian Regime
The Local Co-ordination Committees in Syria has prepared a document containing Some of the most prominent violations committed by the Syrian Regime in the period between 15 March and 15 October 2011.
A few weeks after the collapse of the Egyptian regime, under pressure of popularrevolt, it became obvious that history is being written in the region. These changescame in ways that did not align with the intentions of the regional agingauthoritarian regimes that maintained their power and corrupted their countriesatthe expense of their own people and their basic rights to a dignified life.Despite the long years of oppression, it was obvious that many other countries werenot far from this tide of change, and demonstrations spread to include othercountries such as Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria. Those demonstrations took onvarious forms, as did the response of the respective oppressive regimes.An oppressive regime such as that of Syria has always treated the country aspersonal property. This was obvious in the year 2000, when power was inherited bythe son from the father, yet the same violent, oppressive methods continued to robthe Syrian people, prevent them from living in dignity, and prohibit them fromparticipating in shaping the fate of their country.The essence of such a regime was to work ensure, by all means possible, that allpotential solutions to the developing crisis in Syria were eliminated. In this manner,the regime made itself the only viable solution and possible replacement for itself.It was only natural for such a regime to lack the ability to adapt to change, and it wasincapable of finding practical ways out of the crisis that tired the Syrian people anddried up their resources.The demonstrations, which started concurrently in several Syrian cities in midMarch, have posed a serious challenge to the regime, and have shown a firmdisobedience in the face of a power that was always portrayed as absolute. Thuscame the decision from the regime to face the peaceful demonstrations withunprecedented brutality.The regime started by using their famous sill-reputed Security Forces, which have along history of criminal behavior. They clashed with the unarmed Syrian people,carrying out wide range of random civilian arrests regardless of the age and genderof the detainees. Even children were not spared from the brutal torture in detentionbasements; many children were returned to their families as unidentified, facelessbodies.The regime has resorted to using live bullets from day one, and has also usedmilitary helicopters to open fire on demonstrators in the city of Daraa, the birthplace of all Syrian Revolution demonstrations. All this has occurred in the midst ofmedia blackouts, where international and independent media, as well as humanrights organizations, have been denied entry into Syria to document and witness thedaily-committed violations, because a killer does not bring witnesses to his crimescene.When demonstrations spread across the nation, when every new funeral turned toan angry demonstration, and when every demonstrator became a potential martyr,the regime participated in raising the demands of the people to reach the downfallof the entire regime with all its people and symbols. The regime has driven thecountry and themselves to the point of no return, and their remaining in power isnow considered a grave danger to the lives of the Syrians as well as to the future ofthe nation and the region as a whole.The oppressive regime in Syria used all its military and security forces against theirunarmed people, waging open war on the crowds of peaceful demonstrators. Insome documented cases, the regime used military equipment such as helicopters,armored sea vessels, and military tanks, to bomb residential neighborhoods in manycities. This is in addition to using internationally banned weapons, such as poisongas and expanding bullets, to disperse peaceful demonstrators.Many public venues, such as cinemas, stadiums, and theaters, were turned intodetention centers in which systematic brutal torture occurred, resulting in manydeath-under-torture cases. In addition, there have been several forceddisappearance of citizens who were kidnapped for months, and disappearedcompletely thereafter.There are many documented cases of hospitals that were invaded to preventtreating the wounded; in some cases, the wounded were detained or even killed.All of the above happened during seven months of an almost complete internationalsilence, save a few shy statements by the international community that did not reachthe point of condemning those documented cases as crimes against humanity.It is unacceptable for the Arab nations, the Arab League, and the United Nations andtheir organizations to remain on an undecided weak stance. They have not beenable, so far, to adopt one serious and strong move to stop the instruments of thisregime from committing more crimes and violations against the peaceful peoplewho are merely demanding their basic rights.This hesitance and the lack of a conclusive stance is sending very negative signs tothe Syrian people, who are starting to consider this indirect participation in theongoing assault against. This also gives the regime the leeway to continue itsnihilistic approach, and provides incentives to similar regimes in the world tocommit atrocities against their own people and remain unaccountable.We now bring this file before you and expect a serious and firm stance thatacknowledges that the Syrian people are fellow humans and should treated as such;and decisive action that corresponds with the substance and basis of internationallaw, as well as the concepts of international human rights.
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