UN report accuses Assad regime of massacres and crimes against humanity


syria ruinsThe Syrian Government has launched chemical attacks on civilians as the Islamic State (Isis) and other armed groups have terrorised the population with their brutality, according to a UN report on the Syrian war.

Investigators from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called the country the “world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe”, with an estimated 2.9 million refugees.

The report, released on Wednesday,contained a lengthy catalogue of unimaginable violence and atrocities committed by all parties in the continuing civil war that has killed more than 190,000 people.

“The Government continues to commit violations, including war crimes and crimes against humanity, with impunity,” the report said, listing 29 massacres by forces loyal to Assad this year alone.

Chemical weapons, thought to be chlorine gas, have allegedly been used eight times in Idlib and Hama provinces and illegal barrel and “vacuum” bombs have been dropped on highly populated areas including hospitals and schools, killing and horrifically wounding countless civilians.

“Government forces have systematically targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure, demonstrating the intent to kill, wound and maim,” the report states.

“The apparent objective of the Government’s military operations is to render life unbearable in areas out of its control.”

Anti-Assad groups including Jabhat Al-Nusra have also shelled civilians in state-controlled areas of Aleppo and Damascus and launched car bombs and suicide attacks.

Fighting has engulfed residential areas, destroying the barest possibility of normal life, and the impact has been particularly grave for women and children, whose most basic rights are being infringed daily.

“Hundreds of civilians are dying each day as the fighting goes on with no regard to law or to conscience,” said Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the Commission.

Isis controls large areas of the country’s north and north-east near the border with Iraq, where the Islamist group’s bloody rampage is well-documented.

Militants have set up a ruthless and barbaric “justice” system, using Fridays for regular executions, amputations and lashings in public squares.

Examples cited in the report include women lashed for not adhering to Isis’ strict dress code, a man having his hand amputated for theft.

Civilians are encouraged to attend and passers-by, including children, are frequently forced to watch and the bodies of those killed are placed on display on spikes and crosses for several days.

In Minbij, a 15-year-old boy was beheaded in February, while children were forced to watch. Isis said he had committed rape but locals believe he was targeted for joining a rival militia.

Isis is using the brutal executions to instil terror among the population, the report said, ensuring submission to its authority.

In its stronghold of Raqqa, children as young as 10 are being recruited at Isis training camps and children are increasingly being recruited by armed groups and the Government’s Popular Committees to participate in hostilities and provide support.

The breakdown of family and community groups as men are killed has left women and children vulnerable and desperately poor, with sexual violence and child marriage reported even in refugee camps.

Countless men and women have also disappeared at Government checkpoints and horrific accounts of torture, sexual abuse and starvation have emerged from prisons and military hospitals.

In 2013, a 12-year-old boy who had been arrested in Damascus after speaking with a cousin who had joined an armed group was traced by his family to a military facility but his relatives were told by a judge he was at a “private hospital”.

When they arrived there, they were told their son was dead and his body bore marks of “severe torture, including electrocution”.

Severe beatings, torture and officers raping and abusing girls as young as 13 in custody were reported and many relatives have been told their loved ones died of “heart attacks” in prison, with the bodies never released.

The report noted the systematic targeting of journalists by armed groups, which came to international attention when Isis militants beheaded the American photojournalist James Foley earlier this month.

The murder turned attention back to Syria but Britain has ruled out any alliance with the Assad regime to battle Isis.

The Syrian Civil War was sparked by the regime’s crackdown on protests against the autocratic President during the 2011 Arab Spring.

David Cameron had pushed for intervention following a chemical attack on civilians in Damascus last year but lost a vote in the House of Commons.

The report was critical of the reluctance of “influential states” to undertake work towards a political solution and called for an arms embargo to stop the flow of weapons to all parties in the conflict.

“The international community’s failure in its most elemental duties – to protect civilians, halt and prevent atrocities and create a path toward accountability – has been matched on the ground by an abandonment of even the pretence of an adherence to norms of international law,” it said.

“As can be seen today, this has grave implications for the entire region,” the report adds.

UN inspectors have not been allowed to enter Syria by the Government and used more than 480 interviews and a wealth of documentary evidence for the research.

The report is scheduled to be presented on 16 September during the 27th session of the Human Rights Council.

The Independent



26 responses to “UN report accuses Assad regime of massacres and crimes against humanity”

  1. The real lebanese Avatar
    The real lebanese

    “Severe beatings, torture and officers raping and abusing girls as young as 13 in custody were reported and many relatives have been told their loved ones died of “heart attacks” in prison, with the bodies never released.”

    Very familiar.

    1. Anti ISIS Avatar
      Anti ISIS

      Actually yes Real, sounds very familiar. Kind of reminds me what the yanks did in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. But those wars and the atrocities committed have been justified, rite.

      1. The real lebanese Avatar
        The real lebanese

        Dont think the US set up prisons in those countries to torture activists (the US was actually helping activists in all three) to the point where they ‘disappeared’. I was referring to the thousands of Lebanese who ‘disappeared’ under Syrian occupation. I thought you were a Lebanese before you were a antiamerican.

        1. Anti ISIS Avatar
          Anti ISIS

          First and foremost Real, I’m not anti american, secondly, I am Australian with a Lebanese background, However still love Lebanon with a passion. I understood what you were saying bro. I was only having a pick at you. lol

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            ISIS is not a joke, unfortunately.

          2. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
            Comtessa di Alba

            You,re not either.. Assad is Secular. Understand?

            You’re not either..

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Assad was BORN into a Megalomaniac ‘line of work’, lived in a Palace, and expected to pass the Kingdom on to his idiot progeny. Didn’t want to ‘share’ at all. Sure, secular … but an ASSHOLE. !!!
            Don’t tell me the Alawites and the Shabiha are ‘secular’ too. Hmmm ??
            Same problem the Brits had with a King – except it was the ‘Landholding’ Knights and other Royalty who said “Sign this Magna Carta or we’ll chop your head off”. It wasn’t the peasants. Took them a while longer.
            Assad and Co. could NOT stand a few peasants asking for a few reforms. See Maliki too in Iraq. His ‘army’ just walked away refusing to defend him.
            And I’m sure Assad can feel ‘justified’ now. ‘Oh Look. I was right. It was bad guys. Nya Nya – told you so.’ BUT WHO LET THEM IN ? Opened the whole place to the conflagration? Set up a country FOR THAT TO HAPPEN??
            And dragged Lebanon into it with him.
            He had years to mellow out what his Father had wrought. He FAILED.

          4. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
            Maborlz Ez-Hari

            Assad is a kalb, ibn another kalb. He needs to disappear as soon as Isis is rounded up and disposed of.

      2. so let me get it straight..is it ok or not ok to do that?

        i mean,, if the whole world does that, why the hypocrisy?
        don’t accuse no one of war crimes’ let the wars go without the pesky UN telling you what you can and can’t do rite?
        just don’t shout “war crime” for every fart Israel farts as well..equality for all, after all.

        1. Anti ISIS Avatar
          Anti ISIS

          Doron, all countries have committed war crimes in one way or another. Especially Israel with their past and present onslaught on Gaza killing many innocent people. And no, it is not ok and I never said it was. Not sure what your trying to point out, however from what I can understand, you are giving justification for Israeli’s committed atrocities. AGAIN.

    2. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
      Comtessa di Alba

      Israeli soldiers put up leaflets “Palestinian children wanted”..

      UN: Palestinian children tortured used as human shields..
      http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.530993 Never see before in history Armed Forces children predators, may Israeli soldiers be…pederasts?

      1. The real lebanese Avatar
        The real lebanese

        Wow you go crazy over a conflict that was started by Hamas(both the kidnapping and rocket fire, including towards international airports) but have been silent on the Assad regime who has been doing much more explicit things IN LEBANON since the Lebanese Civil War (almost 40 years).

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Sometimes she makes me crazy too …

          1. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
            Maborlz Ez-Hari

            Me too, amongst other things.

        2. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
          Maborlz Ez-Hari

          I think she has a crush on the Assad clan, I don’t understand her devout loyalty to this creep.

  2. $89733098 Avatar

    But yet the yanks will only bomb isis! Talk about double standards. Asshead and Isis should both be attacked. Uncivilised animals the both of them.

    1. Leborigine Avatar

      Totally agree, they both should be removed and start fresh.

      1. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
        Maborlz Ez-Hari

        Can I agree aswell.

        1. Leborigine Avatar

          I think the majority agree to that Maborlz

        2. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Why not? The depth of the depravity there warrants concentrating on it.
          Why not wipe Assad and ISIS out??
          2 ‘sides’ at a stalemate in Aleppo, and only the poor trapped citizens suffer.
          From a BBC report …..
          “From the start of the war, President Assad has said that extremists, directed by foreign conspirators, were leading it.
          Poverty and the humiliations imposed by a corrupt and authoritarian system helped create the uprising, and when the war began there was no hard evidence for his claims. But now Islamist fighters dominate the armed opposition.
          Poor people queuing for water in west Aleppo blamed them for an attack on the city’s water system that meant sewage was mixing with drinking water. One man filling a bucket said: “The militants blew up the pipes. They come here to sabotage the country and they cut the water on us.”
          The UN’s World Food Programme feeds nearly 800,000 people in Aleppo on both sides of the front line and in the surrounding countryside.

          In the west (side of Aleppo) one kitchen, not the only one in the city, can on its own turn out 48,000 cooked meals a day.
          Aleppo’s Christian community tends to support the regime, fearing al-Qaeda and Isis on the other side.
          As the Greek-Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, Metropolitan Jean Jeanbart, was showing me bomb damage in his church close to the old city, another mortar hit the Armenian church next door with a great crash.
          If the government won the war, it would be a candidate from the army or the ruling Baath party. If the rebels won, it would be a jihadist from al-Qaeda or Isis. In the circumstances, the archbishop preferred President Assad.
          Plenty of Syrians are caught in the middle, wanting neither the president nor the extremists, and hoping for peace without much regard for politics. But Syria is a prize, for the current leadership or the rebels of all different shades of belief.”

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            And ‘who’ are the people suffering?? Mostly children ….

            “Hasan Sarkhosh has responsibilities now, which is hard for a 10-year-old with bad war wounds. He was hurt when a mortar from rebel positions hit his family’s home on 17 April this year. He lives around the corner from the ruins of his old home, on a street on the western side of the city that is controlled by the government.The boy pulled up his shirt to show what had happened to him. A wound on his back still has not healed. A heavy scar runs down the front of his stomach through his belly button. Shrapnel wounds on his neck left more scars. Hasan and his sisters are cared for with obvious love by their grandmother and other relatives. But he tries hard to help his sisters, starting with five-year-old Widad, who sits with metal bars fixed into her leg to help pull together the pieces of smashed bone. Most of her kneecap has gone.
            Hasan’s youngest sister, Limar, who is two-and-a-half, cuddled him as he looked apprehensively at the strangers who had come to see them. Hasan, unlike the girls, looked old enough to have a clear understanding of the catastrophe that had changed their lives. Limar was not hurt physically. But all the children saw their mother die in the attack. They are orphans, living with their grandmother, because a sniper killed their father a year ago. “

          2. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
            Comtessa di Alba

            Oh dear..thank you Yalibnan for bowing to West dictate, Only West’s disinfected news, what else Arab can do.. humm?
            So? Take ISIS and BBC..everything under the Sun in Middle East don’t not exist without West consent everyone here knows it, or screws are missing?
            Sects and Tribalism are key in the Art of War;
            “divide and conquer” the less screws the more Arabs
            play in West hands (Israeli vassals), it’s child’s play, learn their language Chechen don’t speak Arabic..
            Oh, and taking insults from that old hyena Mekhehmar,
            is enough to not ever wish to live in same World:)
            See the Syrian soldier below when ISIS shot him he had time to say ; we’ll take el ard min taht each one of you..

    2. MekensehParty Avatar

      Whatever you want Barabie the yanks are here to make all your wishes come true… Just give us a minute to put some shoes on.

  3. Leborigine Avatar

    Accusations do not solve problems! Just go in there and clean the place up. Nothing is going to change and innocent people are just being killed for no reason.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      We can thank Hamas for ‘costing’ us ALL once again.

      “Under the deal, Israel agreed to immediately lift restrictions on fishing, allowing boats to work up to six nautical miles from the shore in a move which went into effect early Wednesday.
      It also pledged to ease restrictions at the two crossings into Gaza, Erez and Kerem Shalom, to allow the entry of goods, humanitarian aid and construction materials, in a move which began Thursday.
      Debate on crunch issues such as Hamas’ demand for a port and an airport, and the release of prisoners, as well as Israel’s calls to demilitarize Gaza have been postponed for another month until the sides resume talks in Cairo.
      A World Food Program aid convoy arrived in Gaza for the first time since 2007, also crossing from Egypt, and carrying enough food to last 150,000 people for five days, the Geneva-based agency said.
      Another line of trucks took in 150 tons of medicine and medical equipment from Saudi Arabia, and 45 tons of health supplies arrived from an Omani welfare organization. Turkey also sent humanitarian aid, officials said.”

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        However, before Hind hangs me ….
        Some ‘adjusted’ truths … perhaps.

        As I’ve said before some descent interpreters could be used in ‘news’ …

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