Syria: Crimes Against Humanity in Homs

Arab League Should Suspend Syria

Human Rights Watch, November 11, 2011
  • A Syrian military tank takes position in a residential street in city of Homs on August 30, 2011. The Syrian government has deployed tanks and military vehicles across the central province of Homs in an attempt to quell widespread anti-government protests.
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Homs is a microcosm of the Syrian government’s brutality. The Arab League needs to tell President Assad that violating their agreement has consequences, and that it now supports Security Council action to end the carnage. 

–Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch

(New York) – The systematic nature of abuses against civilians in Homs by Syrian government forces, including torture and unlawful killings, indicate that crimes against humanity have been committed, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Human Rights Watch urged the Arab League, meeting in Cairo on November 12, 2011, to suspend Syria’s membership in the League and to ask the United Nations Security Council to impose an arms embargo and sanctions against individuals responsible for the violations, and refer Syria to the International Criminal Court.

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