Thursday, April 28, 2011

453 killed in protests in Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has estimated Wednesday in at least 453 civilians killed during protests against the regime of Bashar Assad that began in mid-March. Yesterday, Amnesty International spoke to nearly 400 deaths, a figure that has been confirmed by several international human rights organizations.

Moreover, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, has insisted that Syria is receiving assistance from Iran in the brutal repression against demonstrators is undertaking that has caused hundreds of deaths and injuries. Asad's government "fault outside the events, while at the same time seeking Iranian help to suppress Syrians," said Rice told reporters following a meeting of the Security Council United Nations.

The U.S. diplomat said the United States is concerned about "the evidence on the involvement and active support of Iran in the repression perpetrated by the Syrian government against its own population." "They use (the protesters) the same brutal tactics he has used the Iranian regime," said Rice, who also called for "an immediate end" of the "obnoxious use of violence to crush the protests of the Syrian people." Rice regretted the steps taken by the Syrian president to repeal the Emergency Law, in force since 1963 and is one of the main demands of opposition groups and to allow peaceful demonstrations, "there were serious" in view of the "ongoing violent repression of demonstrators." The ambassador said his country looks to impose "further sanctions" to the Assad regime "to make clear that their behavior is unacceptable," since "should be heard the request of the Syrian people have freedom of expression and association and the right to choose their leaders.

" In addition, the Human Rights Council United Nations on Friday discussed the situation of human rights in Syria, where repression of peaceful protests has left hundreds dead and wounded. The initiative to convene this emergency meeting came from several European countries including Spain, France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, and others like Japan, Mexico and the United States.

A few weeks ago the Council decided to send Libya a commission to investigate crimes against the civilian population which accuses the forces of Muammar Gaddafi.

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