June 1st, 2011
06:24 PM ET

Report: Syrian abuses could be 'crimes against humanity'

The Syrian regime has carried out a "systematic" series of abuses against protesters that could "qualify as crimes against humanity," and the United Nations must hold the government accountable, a leading humanitarian watchdog organization said Wednesday.

Human Rights Watch makes these assertions in a report titled "'We've Never Seen Such Horror': Crimes against Humanity in Daraa."

The 57-page document contains chilling detail from dozens of victims and witnesses to abuses in Daraa province, the southwestern Syrian powder keg where the anti-government protest movement began in mid-March before spreading across the country. The government reacted with a tough crackdown against protesters.

At present, the report says, there have been about 887 deaths "across Syria," including at least 418 people in Daraa province.

"For more than two months now, Syrian security forces have been killing and torturing their own people with complete impunity," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

"They need to stop - and if they don't, it is the Security Council's responsibility to make sure that the people responsible face justice."

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World leaders react to news of bin Laden's death
A collection of Tokyo evening papers carrying the news of the death of Osama bin Laden on their front pages.
May 2nd, 2011
09:17 AM ET

World leaders react to news of bin Laden's death

(CNN) - World reaction poured in early Monday after President Barack Obama's announcement that terror leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. The United States put its diplomatic facilities around the world on high alert and issued a global travel warning for Americans.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Karzai said he hopes the world believes that his country is "not the place of terrorism" after the announcement that the al Qaeda leader was killed in neighboring Pakistan.

"If the international troops/forces are true allies of the Afghans - they should come out and say that the killing of Afghans, children and elders which took place over the many years on a daily basis was not a good idea," Karzai said on RTA TV. FULL POST

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Topics: Global • Media • Military • Terrorism