Sunday, August 21, 2011

Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Act Swiftly to Rein in Syria

Brutal Repression Violates Group’s Charter

August 20, 2011

"(New York) – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should immediately take action against Syria for violating the organization’s charter by systematically and brutally suppressing peaceful civilian protests, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the group’s secretary-general.

The OIC should send a delegation to Syria to investigate the serious crimes and human rights violations and to express to Syrian authorities in the strongest terms the organization's condemnation of these repressive measures, Human Rights Watch said. The OIC should issue a clear statement that security forces conducting policing may use lethal force only when strictly necessary to protect life, and that killing peaceful protesters is a serious violation of the OIC charter, Human Rights Watch said.

“Syria, a member of the OIC since 1970, has for four months now made a mockery of its international obligations with unlawful killings, disappearances, torture, and sieges on whole cities, towns, and villages,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The OIC should immediately take action against this member state.”....."

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