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Human Rights: UN Says Syria Crackdown Death Toll Tops 3,500

The U.N. human rights office says at least 3,500 people have been killed in the Syrian government’s eight-month crackdown on dissent, while activists say deadly assaults continued in the central city of Homs. Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the U.N.

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Posted in Government Control, Human Rights

Syrian Troops Continue Crackdown

Written by Ben Gilbert | Beirut, Lebanon Syria’s security forces continue to crack down on protests in several places, despite international condemnation. Over the weekend, Turkey’s president said Turkey has “lost confidence” in President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Iranian officials also

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Posted in Human Rights, Political Censorship

Activists Report Arrests in Syrian Capital

Syrian rights activists say army units have swept through the capital, Damascus, and detained scores of people. Rights groups say the arrests took place late Saturday. The French news agency quotes activists who say government troops set up roadblocks on

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Posted in Human Rights

Syrian Activists Report Intense Gunfire in Homs

Syrian forces using tanks and other weaponry intensified their crackdown on anti-government protesters in the central city of Homs on Thursday. Residents and activists say tanks moved to block off neighborhoods as government forces conducted raids and made arrests.  Shots

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Posted in Human Rights

At Least 32 Killed in Syrian Protests Against Regime

Four months after anti-government demonstrations began in Syria, tens of thousands of protesters marched Friday demanding the release of scores of people jailed during the uprising and calling for an end to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Witnesses and

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Posted in Human Rights

Crowds Attack US, French Embassies in Damascus

Pro-government crowds attacked the U.S. and French embassies in Damascus Monday, in the latest escalation of Syrian government anger over foreign moral support for the country’s pro-democracy protesters.  At the same time, the government crackdown continued in the central city

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Posted in Human Rights

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