Syria: Extrajudicial Killings | HRW


Syrian security forces summarily executed over 100 — and possibly many more — civilians and wounded or captured opposition fighters during recent attacks on cities and towns, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on 9 April 2012.

The 25-page report, “In Cold Blood: Summary Executions by Syrian Security Forces and Pro-Government Militias,” documents more than a dozen incidents involving at least 101 victims since late 2011, many of them in March 2012. Human Rights Watch documented the involvement of Syrian forces and pro-government shabeeh amilitias in summary and extrajudicial executions in the governorates of Idlib and Homs. Government and pro-government forces not only executed opposition fighters they had captured, or who had otherwise stopped fighting and posed no threat, but also civilians who likewise posed no threat to the security forces.

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