U.N. chief fears executions, torture in Syria's Homs

UNITED NATIONS Fri Mar 2, 2012 3:22pm EST

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said he was worried that Syrian government forces were arbitrarily executing, imprisoning and torturing people in the battle-scarred city of Homs.

"A major assault on Homs took place yesterday," Ban told the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly. "Civilian losses have clearly been heavy. We continue to received grisly reports of summary executions, arbitrary detentions and torture."

(Reporting By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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RobertFrost wrote:
It would be most impressive if the Secretary-General to the United Nations support his eloquent statement by some evidence.

The “Civilian losses have clearly been heavy,” although they are not even clear to news sources that would have loved to make this the headline of some of their pieces.

“We continue to received grisly reports of summary executions, arbitrary detentions and torture.” Again, a shocking state of affairs, which no one knew about until he spoke.

However impressive such evidence may be, it is unlikely the Secretary-General would proffer. Judging by earlier forays he, and other members of the UN Secretariat made, it is not backed by a scrap of evidence.

The proof?

What stops the Secretary-General from publishing the evidence and the ‘report’ as well as who wrote it? What stopped the UN Human Rights Commission from supplying the details of the 5700 dead in Syria, later the 5700 dead?

In the last two cases, the proofs were demanded by other members of the UN Security Council, but none were forthcoming. Ergo: the suffering of the Syrian people seems to be only relevant as a political tool – a politician’s scream!

Common sense, and basic laws suggest that not publishing the proofs hinders the process of justice and renders the guilty of a complicity in the alleged act. This cannot be the case here. But not having a proof, is scandalous!

Is there a third possibility? I hope so, in the interest of peace – which is the first item in the job description of a UN Secretary-General, as well as the Syrian people who are caught between armed gangs and the need of their Army to get rid of them!

Mar 02, 2012 10:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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