HRW: West must press Syria on rights violations

Middle East Online, First Published 2010-03-11

Syrian security services have detained many human rights activists

Rights group accuses Syrian officials of jailing anyone who dares to utter critical word in their prison cells.

EW YORK – Western countries must press Syria on its continued repression of dissidents as part of their efforts to draw Damascus out of political isolation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday.

“Talking to Syria without putting its rights record on the table emboldens the government to believe that it can do whatever it wants to its people, without consequences,” said the US-based rights group’s Middle East director Sarah Whitson.

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