April 9th, 2012
09:37 AM ET

Report: More than 100 executed by Syrian authorities

Syrian security forces have summarily executed at least 101 people, including civilians, since late 2011 in attacks on cities and towns, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Monday.

The report "documents the involvement of Syrian forces and pro-government shabeeha militias in summary and extrajudicial executions of defecting soldiers, opposition fighters and opposition supporters, as well as civilians who appeared to have had no part in the confrontation with the authorities other than being residents of opposition strongholds," according to the human rights organization.

The 25-page report, "In Cold Blood: Summary Executions by Syrian Security Forces and Pro-Goverment Militias," was based on more than 30 interviews with witnesses to the executions, Human Rights Watch said.

While it was not possible to verify the exact numbers of victims of such executions, the organization said it had documented 12 cases in Idlib and Homs governorates involving at least 101 victims since December 2011. Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of other incidents, but only included in its report incidents where eyewitnesses were interviewed.

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  1. JerseyJeff

    Is this really a surprise?
    Assad thinks he is getting space to through fake negotiations with the UN to secure his power... Really, all he is doing is giving himself more and more rope to hang himself by.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Ok, okay...officially, 101.
    Unofficially? Thousands.

    April 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nebraska Steve

    Sad sad sad. Hopefully someday when we look back on this, all of our actions or inactions will not have been a mistake. In the meantime, I'll keep praying for the wellbeing of the Syrian people.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Brutus I care, the others just pay lip service to it.

    April 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Come and chat with me Brutus, we speak the same language.

    April 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Mary you are pathetic

      April 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Charles manson

    First of all none of you been to syria quit listening to the american media

    April 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Superman

    @@@jersyjeff,,,,,you are 100% right let this guy do his thing,,,, in the mean time innocent people are dying and for the people of the world not to care its sick i do care!!!! Democracy comes at a great price,,,we have had our wars right here on this land and settled it some other countries will just take longer. When he finaly falls( assad) he will pay the ultimate price! It doesnt get much simpler than that. Its patience,,,,,petience is a great virtue!

    April 9, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marys big OOOOOO

    Mary mary quit contrary shave your -– its much to hairy ssshhh please do not speak its quiet now nononono ssshhhhhh

    April 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marys big OOOOOO

    O mary are people picking on you poor little mary what would help is for you to SHUT UP

    April 9, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |