Sunday, November 13, 2011
Syria: Crimes Against Humanity in Homs
Arab League Should Suspend Syria
(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.
Human Rights Watch, November 11, 2011
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