End Kidnappings, Forced Confessions, and Executions
Armed opposition elements have carried out serious human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today in a public letter to the Syrian National Council (SNC) and other leading Syrian opposition groups. Abuses include kidnapping, detention, and torture of security force members, government supporters, and people identified as members of pro-government militias, called shabeeha. Human Rights Watch has also received reports of executions by armed opposition groups of security force members and civilians.
One year after the popular uprising began in Syria, the regime of Bashar al-Assad remains in charge. The uprising is being countered with extreme violence by the regime, which remains unmoved by economic and diplomatic pressure. International law is being systematically and brutally violated. There is no simple solution to halt the violations of international law and to protect civilians.
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