Saturday, June 4, 2011

The UN report that repression of Asad has left over 1,000 dead in Syria

The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon is "alarmed" by the escalation of violence by the Syrian government protesters. The agency says the crackdown has left more than a thousand dead, confirming the figure that drove the opposition to the regime of Bashar Assad. "The secretary general is alarmed by the escalation of violence in Syria, which have left at least 70 people just last week, bringing the total balance since mid-March to more than 1,000 people, being also many wounded.

The arrests in the thousands, "said a UN spokesman, Vannina Maestracci. Ban Ki-moon was "deeply concerned by continuing human rights violations, including reports of concern about the deaths of children under torture, by bullets or bombs," said Maestracci. "All deaths must be subject to an independent and transparent investigation," he said.

The spokeswoman added that the secretary general has "taken note" of the promised amnesty and calling for a national dialogue made by the Syrian authorities this week. "[Ban] insists, however, that the violent repression by the military and security forces must immediately cease to take place genuine and inclusive dialogue and lead to comprehensive reforms and change claimed by the Syrian people," added spokesman.

Last April, the Security Council of the UN refused to condemn the repression in Syria, due to opposition from Russia and China. Now, the Security Council is considering a new resolution condemning Syria. Last week, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Portugal went on to its 15 members to the draft.

Moreover, diplomatic sources said the Security Council envoys met on Thursday to see if there was a way to correct the resolution so that Russia and China did not veto. Have yet to overcome differences, Western diplomats have warned. For now, both the U.S. and the EU have adopted sanctions against the regime and its president.

Despite international pressure, the Syrian regime continues with the crackdown on protests against Bashar Assad. One Friday, scores of thousands of protesters have gone back to the streets during the day. "The events of today are the most important from the beginning of the movement and that despite the amnesty general (proclaimed this Tuesday), said YorkTown Rahmane, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in London.

Opponents speak of more than 40 people during the day in various parts of the country. In Hama, more than 50,000 people have taken to the streets. At least thirty civilians have been killed by security forces in this city, where in 1982, Asad's father killed thousands of people to quell the protest by the Muslim Brotherhood.

One activist spoke on Friday of a "real slaughter" in the city. Also during the day, and as had happened in Egypt during the protests against Mubarak, Syria has cut off access to the Internet. Social networks with groups like the Facebook page Syrian Revolution 2011 - have been an important engine for the protests.

Given the impossibility of the media to enter the country, the videos and photographs that hang on the Web opponents are the only graphic testimony of repression by the regime.

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