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Sunday March 26, 2017

Syrian Unrest Continues to Claim Lives

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Stop Fundamentalism – At least 30 protesters died in Syrian cities across the country today in clashes between government security forces and demonstrators, activists reported to Associated Press.  Most deaths apear to have taken place in the city of Homs.

The United Nations last estimated that the number of those killed in Syria by government forces since the demonstrations began in mid March is over 3000.

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UN Updates Syrian Protests Death Toll to 2900

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Stop Fundamentalism – A day after a United Nations Security Council draft resolution, strongly worded to condemn Syrian government’s violence against its own people, is vetoed by Russian and China, the United Nations’ human rights office raises the official death toll in Syrian protests to 2900 today.  The outbreak of protests and demonstrations happened back in March and many more people have been arrested and tortured since then.

“The total number has passed 2900 according to the list of individual names we have been compiling,” said Rupert Colville from the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights to the UN News reporter.  He added that the previews tally stood at 2700 according to UN official records.

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Syrian Activists and Protesters in Europe and US Harassed: Amnesty International

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Stop Fundamentalism – Amnesty International reported Monday that the Syrian intelligence agents in Europe and the United States have been monitoring, threatening and harassing dissidents living in these countries who voice their concerns about the treatment their countrymen receive at the hands of Bashar Al-Assad forces.

30 activists in eight countries have approached Amnesty International complaining threats and harassments they received from embassy officials.  Some say their relatives in Syria have been subject to harassments, detention and torture due to their activities abroad.

The dissidents interviewed by Amnesty lived in Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA. 

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China and Russia Veto Security Council Draft Resolution on Syrian Protesters Crackdown

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Stop Fundamentalism – A strong condemnation on the Crackdown on Syrian pro-democracy protesters by the government of Bashar Al-Assad in the United Nations Security Council has been voted down by Russia and China today, reports the UN New Center.

Over 2700 people have been killed since the break out of popular protests in Syria in March and many have been detained and tortured in jails by the government authorities in that country in an attempt to clampdown on the protests.

Recent fallouts of the Syrian army have been forming armed groups to resist against military forces of Bashar Assad as a development that could raise the protests into a nationwide armed conflict for freedom.

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International Right Groups Want Strong Stance on Syria by UN

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Stop Fundamentalism – International right groups are calling on all United Nations Security Council Ambassadors to support a strong resolution on violations of human rights in Syria by Bashar Al-Assad’s government against Syrian protesters and dissidents. 

In a joint letter, eight international watch and advocacy groups expressed concern over ongoing violations in Syria that would very likely “amount to crimes against humanity.”

“Since mass protests began in mid-March,” wrote in their joint letter, the groups said, “The United Nations has estimated at least 2600 civilians have been killed across Syria.” 

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