|KHRP concerned by ongoing unrest in Syria, reports of intimidation and torture|
KHRP is alarmed by the ongoing acts of repression and aggression by the Syrian government against peaceful protesters and innocent bystanders alike. The situation in Syria has deteriorated since the announcement of the decree to restore citizenship to those whose rights were stripped of them in the 1962 census. Mass arrests and arbitrary detention are reportedly widespread alongside reports of the use of torture by the security services in places such as schools and other public buildings, as well as extra-judicial killing of people both in and out of custody.
Whilst KHRP welcomed President Bashar al-Assad's initial overtures to the concerns of the people of Syria, the total lack of progress in the realisation of these changes is shocking and disheartening. Empty promises and hollow rhetoric will not bring about a solution to the crisis in Syria. KHRP reiterates its call for Syria to respect the human rights of all of its citizens and abide by its international obligations. KHRP will continue to follow the situation in Syria closely, working to ensure that those responsible for violations are held accountable
KHRP Managing Director Rachel Bernu said: “The situation in Syria remains unacceptable and the brutal response of the regime to expressions of dissent must be condemned. A peaceful resolution to these upheavals will only be found through genuine dialogue and the implementation of policies and practices consistent with internationally respected human rights standards. KHRP believes that respect for freedom of expression and assembly on the part of the Syrian regime is long overdue and calls for all in the international community to make this clear.’