Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

Syria: Extra-judicial killings continue in Syria

Syria: Extra-judicial killings
continue in Syria

24 June 2011

Alkarama is concerned at the ongoing
widespread violation of human rights in Syria. On 14 June 2011, we submitted a
new communication regarding a further 80 people who have been extra-judicially
executed by the security forces, some dying under torture to the Special
Rapporteur on Extra-judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions. Alkarama was
also able to collect information regarding three individuals who died under
torture, including two minors, as described below:

Mr Emran Dwaiq (ÚãÑÇä
Ïæíß), is a Syrian national. On 20 May 2011, Mr Dwaiq was
participating in a peaceful protest which took place in the city of Hama when
he was shot in the leg by Syrian security forces. Mr Dwaiq then fell to the ground
in front of a restaurant in the Al Hadder region before being savagely beaten
to death by security forces who were wearing a mixture of civilian clothing and
uniform.

Click here to
see the Video showing how Mr. Dwaiq was killed

 

Hamzeh Ali
Al-Khatib (
ÍãÒÉ Úáí ÇáÎØíÈ), was 13 years old. On 29 April 2011, Hamzeh was arrested in
front of the army barrier near Daraa, along with hundred of other people while
he was walking from Aljeezah to attempt to break the siege on Daraa, being
maintained by the Syrian security forces. Hamzeh and others in the group were
arrested by the Syrian authorities, and Hamzeh subsequently disappeared until
25 May 2011, a month later, when his body was handed over to his family. His
family has declared that he was seriously tortured while being detained and
that live ammunition was used on his body.

Click
here to see a video showing traces of torture on Mr. Al-Khatib’s body

 

Thamer Mohammed
Al-Shar’i ((
ËÇãÑ ãÍãÏ ÇáÔÑÚí, was aged 15 years. On 29 April 2011, Thamer was arrested in
the same circumstances as Hamzeh (the 13-year-old referred to above), and was
killed under torture.

Click
here to see a video showing traces of torture on Mr. Thamer’s body

 

In the same
correspondence, we also informed the UN Special Procedures of the
extra-judicial execution of an additional 77 individuals in many regions
throughout Syria, all of whom were killed between 20 and 21 May 2011. This list
includes a number of minors, which is highly concerning. As with other cases
provided to the UN in recent weeks, these deaths were the result of the
excessive use of force by members of the Syrian security forces and the
military against peaceful demonstrators who are calling for democratic change
in their country. Alkarama fears that further deaths may yet take place as
peaceful demonstrations continue throughout the country.

We are notably
concerned that a number of mass graves have been uncovered throughout the
country, the last of which was discovered on 5 June 2011 in Hama, a city in
which more then 75 peaceful demonstrators were killed in a single day on 3 June
2011.

The international
community should take action on behalf of the Syrian people and communicate to
the Syrian government that their acts are contrary to international and
domestic law. The international community should further ensure that the Syrian
authorities immediately cease all further human rights violations as set out in
Human Rights Council Resolution S-16/1.

Enclosed

1.
Excel list of 80 individuals killed during the protest