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  •  UN: "violations of human rights - by both sides" (3+ / 0-)
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    UN: Human Rights Violations in Syria Escalating
    June 27, 2012

    GENEVA - U.N. investigators say the situation in Syria "is dangerously and quickly deteriorating."  They say gross violations of human rights, including torture and summary executions, are escalating and being .  The investigators also presented their findings about a massacre in the Syrian town of Houla in May.

    More than 100 people were killed during the massacre in Houla, a village in the Syrian province of Homs.  The head of the U.N. investigating team, Brazilian Paulo Pinheiro, says it is not possible to determine with any certainty who carried out the killings.
    The 20-page report submitted to the U.N. rights council describes gross violations of human rights committed by Syrian government forces and loyal militia.  It cites unlawful arrests and detention, torture and other forms of ill treatment.  It accuses them of sexual violence against men, women and children.

    The U.N. investigators also presented evidence of killings, torture, and abductions of civilians committed by armed opposition groups. They say they have reports that anti-government armed groups are using children as medical porters, messengers and cooks, exposing them to risk of death and injury.

    Syrian Ambassador Faisal Khabbaz Hamoui accused the investigators of presenting information that comes from a biased media and which does not represent the truth.  He said the crisis in Syria is not a result of peaceful protests, but rather, it is a genuine war financed from abroad.

    •  Imagine You citing "Voice of America" (0+ / 0-)

      Any port in a storm, right?

      Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

      by Clay Claiborne on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 11:02:34 AM PDT

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      •  Read the link again. It is a UN report I am giving (4+ / 0-)
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        I could have picked any number of other sites with the same information. This was balanced so I used it.

        You have difficulty with any information that goes against your preconceived ideas of what is occurring in Syria. I find your diaries to be one-sided and as such they are tantamount to propaganda.\

        White House condemns all violence in Syria

        WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday condemned all acts of violence in Syria, including attacks on elements favoring the government of President Bashar al-Assad, such as an insurgent attack on a pro-government television station in Damascus.

        "We condemn all acts of violence, including those targeting pro-regime elements," White House spokesman Jay Carney told a regular daily briefing. He called on all parties to end hostilities in Syria.

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