“Committee Against Torture Convenes Extraordinary Meeting on Situation in Syria,” UN Watch. May 16, 2012.
“The Chairman stressed that the Committee is deeply concerned about the appalling situation in Syria, based on information from UN bodies and other inter-governmental sources. He listed some of Syria’s violations:
•Killing of civilians;
•Joint operations conducted by military and security forces who had shoot-to-kill orders, and numerous summary executions by security forces;
•The use of live ammunition against peaceful demonstrators and disproportionate means of crowd control including snipers, tanks, and heavy machine guns mounted on anti-personnel carriers and helicopters in urban areas;
•Use by security forces of rocket-propelled grenades and grenade launchers on AK47s in other areas;
•Regular raids by security forces on hospitals to search for and kill injured demonstrators;
•Widespread attempts to cover up killings by the security forces, including the use of mass graves;
•Systematic and widespread torture of detainees;
•Security forces were reported to break into homes and beat civilians including women and children and conduct mass arrests followed by transportation of people in buses and trucks to secret detention centers including public stadiums, where torture and inhuman treatment took place;
•Injured people taken to military hospitals were tortured and beaten during interrogation;
•Numerous methods of torture, including, severe beating with batons and cables, forcing detainees into stress positions for hours or even days in a row, electroshocks, and deprivation of food, water and sleep;
•Detainees were often put into overcrowded cells and forced to take turns to sleep; Many were blindfolded and sometimes handcuffed, then forced to thumb-sign written confessions of crimes that, at best, were read to them by an officer;
•Detention and torture of journalists and web activists for reporting on demonstrations;
•Sexual torture used on male detainees – men were routinely forced to undress and remain naked, beatings of genitals, forced oral sex, electroshocks and cigarette burns to the anus in detention facilities, anal rape with batons and rape of boys;
•Cases of the disappearance and torture of children under 18 years old;
•Obstruction and denial of medical assistance to the injured and sick and the systematic arrest and torture of wounded patients in State hospitals;
•Individuals suspected by the Government of setting up and operating alternative medical care or providing medical supplies were also subjected to arrest and torture by the security forces.
“Other Committee members commented on the situation. Some referred to the heinous misuse of hospitals as centers of torture and security forces dressing up as doctors then torturing injured patients; the detention and torture of journalists; the use of torture as an open weapon in Syria; the impunity of the security forces; the obligations on the international community’s responsibility to protect; and the need for a fact-based dialogue with the State party in which it could prove the falsity of allegations, as it claimed.”
Germany’s response to the terror in Syria: It will send 10 observers to join UNSMIS.
Germany has now done its part in responding to the crimes against humanity and war crimes of Bashar al-Assad. They have by cabinet decision decided to send 10 observers to join the UNSMIS mission in Syria.
“Kabinettsbeschluss: Berlin schickt zehn Militärbeobachter nach Syrien,” Der Spiegel, 16 Mai 2012.
Now they don’t have to think about Syria again, at least for a while.
Unfortunately, by contributing to the UNSMIS monitoring team, Germany like other countries has given it more life, without bothering to engage the frontal cortex before doing so.
The mindless momentum of bureacratic behavior and routines lurches forward. The Germans are contributing to a process which will keep al-Assad and his fellow war criminals in power.
At least until Lebanon and the whole region blow up.
In dealing with the real security issues of the world, aside from Afghanistan, Germany has shown that it is irrelevant.
Its leadership on Libya long forgotten, Europe is irrelevant.
And the world will reap a whirlwind.
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