Syria military operations against civilians continue

Syrian protesters

Syrian protesters

Syrian Authorities are still using military force to quell peaceful demonstrations, according to the UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay.

At least 40 people were killed between Thursday and Friday last week by Syria military and security forces just a day after President Assad assured the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon that there were no more military operations.

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council during a special session on Syria, Ms Pillay said over 2000 people have been killed since mass protests began in mid-March, with more than 350 people reportedly killed across Syria since the beginning of Ramadan.

She says the government must honour its pledge to halt the use of military to crackdown on peaceful protests and release those detained on the basis of participating in the protests.

 ”The Government of Syria has also informed my Office of reforms introduced by the Government. These include lifting emergency legislation, abolishing the Supreme State Security Court and granting amnesties for thousands of detainees, legislating to regulate peaceful assembly and establish political parties, and new electoral and information laws. However, these pronouncements have been followed by more excessive use of force, killing of demonstrators, mass arrests and reports of torture and other abuse. The bloodshed in Hama, Latakia and other Syrian cities just in the past three weeks seriously undermines the credibility of the reform initiatives.”

A draft resolution before the council condemns the Syrian government for its indiscriminate attacks on its population and urges authorities to allow for inclusive, credible and genuine national dialogue conducted in an environment without fear and intimidation.

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