Tuesday, June 22, 2010

UNHRC-Man: The Superhero for Our Time

From Al Masry al-Youm:

Coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the death of former Syrian president Hafez al-Assad's and the nomination of his son Bashar for presidency, a number of Syrian human rights researchers backed by Freedom House have released a report on the situation of citizens forcibly disappeared within the country's prisons.

Around 17,000 were lost in the Tadmur Prison Massacre in 1980. Sixteen thousand others are thought to have been systematically killed, according to the report, which further details how more than a million Syrians have suffered government discrimination and penal measures due to their links with the missing persons. Women, the report says, became the main victims of the disappearances.

Among those targeted were members of the Muslim Brotherhood, communists, Palestinian organizations, Jordanians, Lebanese, and some Iraqis, the report says.
Quick! Call UNHRC-Man! He'll know what to do!