July 9th, 2011
09:26 AM ET

Human Rights Watch: Syrian forces ordered to shoot unarmed protesters

Syrian security forces were commanded to shoot unarmed protesters, according to military and security agency defectors interviewed by a human rights watchdog.

Human Rights Watch said Saturday that they "described receiving, and following, orders to shoot on protesters to disperse them."

Efforts to reach the Syrian government for comment were not immediately successful.

The claims coincide with ongoing assertions by Syrian activists that security personnel have assaulted unarmed protesters. The Syrian regime claims armed groups are responsible for the violence at the demonstrations, which erupted nationwide in mid-March

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  1. HRH banasy

    Don't forget to stamp your feet when you say "So there",
    JIF.

    July 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    How soon American's forget that Syria let Bush troops use Syrian airbases as was the plan for conquering the Iraqi peoples, further securing of the middle-east so HDubya's Carlyle Group can fuel china unimpeded. Thank's for nothing Syrian government. (and will you EVER release your American prisoners serving life sentences of possession? It's been decades ya know)

    July 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    And save your "conspiracy theory" comebacks. I've been posting about the real reason troops are in the middle-east for over a year here on CNN. Where else have you heard of The Carlyle Group fueling China and YOUR tax dollars paying for it all. From Halliburton fraccing all those old Russian oilwells in the Basin, to YOUR troops guarding @he oil"s path to China? ( The Carlyle Group est. by the entire Bush and bin Laden clans, 26 members of the group are bin Laden's) I'm just one guy. Doesn't it usually take two or more to conspire?

    July 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. I'm tired of your rhetoric....

    ....so I'm going to take a nap.

    July 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    I hear you. Philip can be terribly exhausting. You should see some of the stuff he to make Ahkmed be doing. He made me dress-up like an illegal Mexican immigrant just to get accross the border. And he make me a woman! Very very humiliation. Another time he make Ahkmed walk around all night wearing a plastic suicide vest! With not a shirt am bare chested Aahkmed! On my hands! He make Ahkmed walk on hands suicide vest slip down everybody laff @ Ahkmed. And all because Sheryl not go-out with Ahkmed. What next Philip? Make me dump orange water-color in LA aquaduct?

    July 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jonathan Witerski

    While it may seem that these military detectors are revealing startling insights into the Syrian Bashar regime, one still needs to be cautious regarding the veracity of such claims. Prior to and during the Second Gulf War, there were military defectors swearing that Saddam Hussein had mobile chemical weapons labs in converted fertilizer trucks – we know that wasn't true. Some of these same people said he was also attempting to acquire Uranium from a particular African country. We now know that was not true either. I have a weary eye regarding any allegations from either side in Syria. – Jonathan Witerski

    July 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @Jonathan...many of US knew back then what you say "we know that now". I was telling everyone those pictures Colin Powell was showing the UN saying they were "mobile labs" were trailer mounted hypercleaning machines, a somewhat rare method of cleaning the parafin that builds-up in oilwells over time. Everyone laughed at me then just as they do now. It's as if "I told you so" doesn't mean a thing.

    July 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mad Hatter

    Here's your sign.

    July 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HRH banasy

    @Mad Hatter:
    Word.

    July 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HMS Banazi

    Where's MY secret decoder ring.

    July 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. HMS Pinafore

    Here's your sign is something comedian Bill Engel (sp?) Does. That's his catch-phrase.
    Word just means one agrees.
    Eat enough cereal, you'll get one.

    July 9, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HRH banasy

    Oh, Bill's name has a v in it somewhere!
    Just don't know if Engval is right...

    July 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Avser Bastian

    DICTATOR OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION....LEARN WHO, HOW, AND WHY RUINED YOU…FROM 911 TO WHITE AMERICAN REFUGEES IN EXILE SEEKING ASYLUM RIGHT NOW http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com WHO/WHY//HOW CREATED SCHOOL SHOOTINGS(Arizona incl.) – HAARP AUSTRALIAN FLOODS(Incl. deliberately busted oil pipe in gulf of Mexico) – LEARN ABOUT REAL HUMAN FLASH EATING MACHINE – WIKILEAKS is CIA – BREAST FEEDING INSANITY PROTESTS – FACEBOOK or CIABOOTH !!? - ESKIMO SARAH PALIN'S "BRIDGE TO NOWHERE" – NWO MULTICULTURALISM SWINE/PIG FLUE SYNDROME – NEWS/MEDIA OR SIMPLY BIG FAT VACUUM WORLD OF LIES !!?? – THE REAL DON'T ASK DON'T TELL, BUT DIE !!! – OBAMINATOR'S FREE HEALTH CARE PLANE or GENOCIDE BASED ON FORGIVE AND FORGET – UN-chef Ban Ki-moon or CHINESE BAN KEY MONKEY(who is he in reality) !!? – NEW WORLD ORDER POLITICAL PARTIES(not there for you, but instead to seal your faith for their own parliament pay$$ scale !!!) EURO DIC TRAITORS vs DICTATORS or what is worse !!? LEARN WHAT DO LIBYA AND EUROPE OR USA HAVE IN-COMMON !! AND FINALLY.....COMMUNISM IN EASTERN EUROPE TODAY IN 2011 !!! "SLOVENIA" TODAY, WHERE COMMUNIST GENOCIDE GOES ON 24/7 FOR CREATION OF GREATER BYZANTINE SERBIA UNDER RUSSIAN FLAG http://sloveniatoday.blogspot.com "SLOVENIA" WHERE GERMANS(also Croatians in Croatia) ARE GETTING WIPED OUT 66 YEARS AFTER WWII OR 20 YEARS SINCE THEIR "INDEPENDENCE"(independence on paper only). Is Merkel truly great diplomat or is simply trading our lives behind our backs with worst enemies(LIBERALISM = RETARDISM = COMMUNISM = IDIOTISM = CRIME = ZIONISM) !!?

    July 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Avser Bastian

    COMMUNISM IN EASTERN EUROPE TODAY(2011) !!! http://sloveniatoday.blogspot.com or http://easterneuropetoday.wordpress.com/ OR COMMUNIST GENOCIDE IN "SLOVENIA" WHERE GERMANS(also Croatians in Croatia) ARE GETTING WIPED OUT TODAY IN 2011 UNDER RUSSIAN FLAG AND GREATER BYZANTINE SERBIAN(new Yugoslavia) AGENDA 66 YEARS AFTER WWII OR 20 YEARS SINCE THEIR "INDEPENDENCE"(independence on paper only) JUST AS PREVIOUSLY IN VOJVODINA. Is Merkel truly great diplomat or is simply trading our lives behind our backs with worst enemies(LIBERALISM = RETARDISM = COMMUNISM = IDIOTISM = ZIONISM = CRIME) !!? Visit also DICTATOR OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.com/ ...TO LEARN WHO, HOW, AND WHY RUINED YOU…FROM 911 TO WHITE AMERICAN REFUGEES IN EXILE SEEKING ASYLUM RIGHT NOW !!! TIME TO DETERMINE WHOSE INDEPENDENCE/AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE TODAY(who want to erase us and denies us the right to exist) !!!

    July 9, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. HRH banasy

    Once again, cut and paste is *not* our friend.

    July 9, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
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