Hundreds killed in anti-government protests in Syria

The UN Human Rights council has condemned Syria for the use of what it calls "lethal violence" against its own people.

Kyung-Wha Kang

Kyung-Wha Kang

Over 450 people have been killed and thousands injured in anti government protests in Syria.

Addressing the council, the UN Human Rights Deputy Chief, Kyung-wah Kang said there had been what she called a widespread, persistent and gross disregard of basic human rights by the military and security forces.

She said it was regrettable that the Syrian government had gone against its own commitment to reform and instead had launched a violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators.

“Information gathered since mid-March paints a disturbing picture: the widespread use of live fire against protestors; the arrest, detention and disappearance of demonstrators, human rights defenders, and journalists; the torture and ill-treatment of detainees; the sharp repression of press freedoms and other means of communication; and attacks against medical personnel, facilities and patients.”

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