Help stop the bloodshed in Syria Please take action.. . (Amnesty International)
- Popular protests calling for political reform and increasingly for the Syrian President to step down have been violently suppressed
- Army tanks shelled civilian areas in southern city of Dera’a and electricity and water supplies to the inhabitants were cut off
- More than 400 people have been killed across Syria, many shot by government security forces during peaceful protests
- Hundreds of people arrested, many held incommunicado and at serious risk of torture
- Amnesty International urges you to support our call to President Bashar al-Assad to immediately stop the killings, deliver justice and accountability
Background: When army tanks recently rolled into the city of Dera’a in southern Syria and began shelling residential areas, the human rights crisis in the country reached a new low. More than 400 people have died across Syria since protestors calling for political reform took to the streets in mid-March. Hundreds of people have been arbitrarily arrested and detained incommunicado, placing them at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Torture of detainees has long been common and endemic in Syria.
Amnesty International has repeatedly urged the Syrian government to rein in the security forces, cease unlawful killings and other excessive force, and for independent investigations and accountability – with those responsible for human rights violations being brought to justice.
The Syrian authorities have failed to take these steps and intensified repression. Consequently, Amnesty International has called on the UN