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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL (Both sides in Syria are war criminals)
Amnesty International ^ | March 14. 2013 | Amnesty International

Posted on 09/01/2013 9:49:04 AM PDT by listenhillary

The dead bodies found every day in towns and villages across Syria bearing marks of execution style killing and torture are the grim evidence of mounting war crimes and other abuses being committed not just by government forces, but also by armed opposition groups – some but not all more or less loosely affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA)1 – in the context of the country’s bitter internal armed conflict. Such groups are summarily killing people with a chilling sense of impunity, and the death toll continues to rise as more towns and villages come under the control of armed opposition groups.

2 Since March 2011, Amnesty International has closely monitored and documented the Syrian authorities’ crackdown on opposition and repeatedly condemned the authorities’ widespread as well as systematic attacks on the civilian population, which amount to crimes against humanity and, since 2012, war crimes in some instances.

3 This briefing looks at serious abuses, some amounting to war crimes, committed by the burgeoning number of armed opposition groups operating in Syria, focusing mainly on summary killings.

4 The main targets for these summary killings are members of the various government armed and security forces, the shadowy pro-government militias known as shabiha, as well as suspected informers or collaborators (widely referred to by the opposition as mukhbireen and ‘awayniyeh). Many were civilians, including journalists working for pro-government media and members of minority communities perceived by members of armed opposition groups as loyal to President Bashar al-Assad such as Shi’a or Alawite Muslims, although not all members of such communities are in fact pro-government. In some cases, Amnesty International has been unable to determine which armed opposition group was responsible for particular summary killings. Several groups may have been active in the city, town, village or neighbourhood at the time of the killing. Some witnesses and relatives of victims are understandably reluctant to provide detailed information about the armed group for fear of retaliation. Verification has also been hindered by the lack of access to cities where killings are happening because of the dire security situation.

5 However, the evidence gathered by Amnesty International, and the cases it has been able to verify, leave no doubt that armed opposition groups are responsible for a large number of summary killings and other egregious crimes.

6 In addition to research conducted since the conflict began, including the examination of scores of videos showing alleged abuses by armed opposition groups since 2011, Amnesty International interviewed Syrians as well as Palestinian refugees previously resident in Syria in Lebanon in December 2012 and January 2013. They included residents of several Syrian towns and cities mainly in southern areas near Lebanon, as well as activists, citizen journalists, witnesses, survivors and relatives of victims; and followed this up with other research and interviews.

In addition to summary killings, various armed opposition groups including some affiliated to the FSA, are committing other war crimes and serious human rights abuses, including indiscriminate attacks which have led to civilian casualties; use of children in a military capacity; torture or other illtreatment of captives; sectarian threats and attacks against minority communities perceived as progovernment; abductions and the holding of hostages.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: blindsquirrel; iran; israel; lebanon; maheralassad; russia; thebrotherdidit; unitedkingdom; waronterror
We know this, why doesn't John Kerry?
1 posted on 09/01/2013 9:49:04 AM PDT by listenhillary
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To: listenhillary
I think Kerry was brain damaged by his experience in Cambodia on Christmas of '68. Something about him being seared or some such...


2 posted on 09/01/2013 9:54:06 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today, from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: listenhillary

Basically everybody has this mess figured out except the geniuses at the top.

3 posted on 09/01/2013 9:59:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: listenhillary

Both sides may be war criminals, But 0’ only wants his mb-based rebels to rule.

4 posted on 09/01/2013 10:03:44 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: listenhillary

Why don’t Jean Kerree and AI look into the horrifying conditions that have prevailed inside North Korea for many decades?

5 posted on 09/01/2013 10:04:26 AM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: C210N

6 posted on 09/01/2013 10:06:24 AM PDT by ari-freedom (Obama is the biggest joke. But I can't laugh.)
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To: listenhillary

No more blood for Muslims.

7 posted on 09/01/2013 10:07:18 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: listenhillary

“Both sides in Syria are war criminals”


8 posted on 09/01/2013 10:08:01 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

The fact that this is a headline should tell you everything you need to know.

Up is down. Down is up. Eight more years of the Clinton’s, after the community organizer, should complete the work of Khrushchev.

9 posted on 09/01/2013 10:14:36 AM PDT by volunbeer (We must embrace austerity or austerity will embrace us)
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To: listenhillary

What they are calling “war crimes” is what they used to call “war”.

10 posted on 09/01/2013 10:15:44 AM PDT by marron
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To: listenhillary
Both sides in Syria are war criminals

If the U.S. went in and won, both sides would hate us when it was over. If the U.S. lost both sides would hate us when it was over.

If the U.S. won we wouldn't know what to do with the win... build a few schools, fix a sewage treatment plant... teach nutty liberal PC... crazy.

There's nothing for us in this cesspool. Period.

11 posted on 09/01/2013 10:38:49 AM PDT by GOPJ ("Palin got it right, let Allah be the judge." - - Freeper Bringbackthedraft)
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Absolutely true. The war criminals are on both sides...all sides, because who knows how many factions the muslims are split into.

Their problem, their craziness, not ours. We have nothing to gain by intervening and much to lose.

Back up, Barack. YOu do that well, so do it.

12 posted on 09/01/2013 10:43:15 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: listenhillary
We know this, why doesn't John Kerry?

Because he does not read news, he has PEOPLE who tell him what to say.

13 posted on 09/01/2013 11:34:14 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: cripplecreek

That means we must figure out what those geniuses at the top find so valuable in the conflict.

We’re all looking around at each other and asking WHY?!

Why is a very good question to ask in this case because if one figures out the WHY behind Syria ( Russia & America both involved) one then knows how to pull the rug out from under them.

14 posted on 09/01/2013 2:09:12 PM PDT by EBH (Is Damascus on the Eve of Destruction? Isaiah 17)
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Follow the Money....and I bet it will be a trail that leads straight to Riyadh.

15 posted on 09/01/2013 2:10:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: listenhillary

So our President has decided to be one too.

16 posted on 09/01/2013 2:15:28 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: dfwgator

Under Assad, Syria wielded much geopolitical power, access to the sea, a jihadist pipeline into Iraq, even Shiite muslims enjoyed their holy city of Damascus.

There are a lot of players that want Syria and sadly the people of Syria will pay the price for the power lust.

In reading this viewpoint I laughed that the last paragraph....mind you I find no reason given for America to get involved here.


Therefore, for the sake of the Syrian people, security of the region and fight against the international terrorism it is imperative for the NATO countries to step forward and actively help the Syrian people to choose their own destiny and leaders. If President Obama would be able to find a solution for Syria that empowers the Syrian people to choose their own leaders and destiny, this will be President Barak Obama’s long lasting legacy.

17 posted on 09/01/2013 2:41:04 PM PDT by EBH (Is Damascus on the Eve of Destruction? Isaiah 17)
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To: listenhillary

That’s true, even though Amnesty International is not always true. The difference between the two sides is that the Syrian government has ports and supports Iran’s nuclear weapons buildup. That’s why the U.S.A., France, Israel, the UK, the Saudis, Turkey and others are wanting to hit some equipment belonging to the Syrian government. And it’s going to happen one way or another.

18 posted on 09/01/2013 3:52:40 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: marron

If that was the case their wouldn’t of been a southerner left alive. Even our country has moments that we wiped out civilain populations but they are generally looked back upon with shame, not with pride. Iraq and Afghanstan were both fought without razing entire villages, civilian casualities happen but again we do try and avoid them whenever possible. You can fight a war with out raping women and murdering children.

19 posted on 09/01/2013 6:50:47 PM PDT by Almondjoy
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To: listenhillary

To Amnesty International ...

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

20 posted on 09/02/2013 8:28:51 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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