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Panasonic
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posted 26 May 2005 10:10 AM      Profile for Panasonic        Edit/Delete Post
Syria: A culture oppressed – the torture and imprisonment of Syrian Kurds - take action!

Syria: 41 years of the State of Emergency –

Amnesty International reiterates its concerns over a catalogue of human rights violations
(AI Index: MDE 24/016/2004)

Syria: Amnesty International calls on Syria to end repressive measures against Kurds and to set up an independent judicial inquiry into the recent clashes
(AI Index: MDE 24/029/2004)

Syria: End persecution of human rights defenders and human rights activists
(AI Index: MDE 24/076/2004)

Covering events from January - December 2004

Hundreds of people were arrested for political reasons. Most of them were Kurds detained following violent disturbances in north-eastern Syria in March during which over 30 people were killed. Many of those arrested were held incommunicado at unknown locations. Torture and ill-treatment, including of children, were widely reported. At least nine people reportedly died as a result. Freedom of expression and association remained severely restricted and scores of people were arrested for political reasons, including some solely involved in peaceful activities. Human rights defenders were harassed although in general they could work more openly than in previous years. Two people were reportedly executed. Over 200 political prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, were released.

On 12 March clashes broke out between Arab and Kurdish fans at a football stadium in Qamishli, north-eastern Syria. Security forces responded by firing into the crowd, killing several people. Police attacked Syrian Kurdish mourners the next day, resulting in two days of rioting by Syrian Kurds in several towns in the mainly Kurdish north-east. At least 36 people, mostly Kurds, were reportedly killed and over 100 injured. More than 2,000 people, most of them Kurds, were believed to have been arrested. Most were held incommunicado at unknown locations and there were widespread reports of torture and ill-treatment of detainees, including children. About 200 Kurds remained detained at the end of the year. At least six Kurds were killed while carrying out their military service. No investigations were known to have been initiated into the killings. The predominantly Kurdish areas of north and north-east Syria continued to lag behind the rest of the country in terms of social and economic indicators.


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Coyote
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posted 26 May 2005 12:40 PM      Profile for Coyote   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Link please.


There is much to be concerned with in Syria, not the least being the continued repression of the Kurdish minority.

Thanx to AI for being even-handed, and a strong voice for human rights and against repression wherever it is found.


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skdadl
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posted 26 May 2005 12:51 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Surely the part of the Amnesty report that deals with Syria mentions that Syria has been part of the U.S. network of countries favoured for "renditions" -- ie, the illegal transport of suspects to a regime willing to torture them. We know, of course, of Canada's Maher Arar, sent by the U.S. to Syria, but many more cases, of course, are suspected.

The current AI report on the U.S. certainly mentions the "renditions."


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Cueball
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posted 26 May 2005 05:20 PM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Panasonic, I am really pleased that you agree that Amnesty International is a reliable source for information regarding human rights abuse. Have you taken the time to look at other sections of the report?
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DrConway
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posted 26 May 2005 07:52 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Syria violates human rights? Who knew?! I've been living under a rock all these years!

C'mon. This is like saying water's wet.


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Macabee
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posted 27 May 2005 12:19 AM      Profile for Macabee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Water is wet
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DrConway
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posted 27 May 2005 12:26 AM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Holy christ, are you really so obtuse, Macabee, you failed to notice that I was trying to sarcastically point out that the Amnesty International report is stating the blindingly obvious?

Did you use AOL at some point? Because that might just explain why you've been permanently obtusified.


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Cueball
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posted 27 May 2005 01:02 AM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
This is the lowest I have seen you go, Dr. C. Actually accusing Macabee with using America-Off-Line is beyond the pale of fair commentary, whatever else you might say about Macabee's opinions.
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Macabee
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posted 28 May 2005 01:19 AM      Profile for Macabee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post

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