Month: October 2014
A Syrian child whose hands were cut off
Message to Bashar Hafez al-Assad
Courageous Syrian Kid Holds Back Tears after 40 members of his family died by Assad’s Regime bombing speak out.
Crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Syrian government
1) Use of artillery fire against unarmed civilians
2) Door-to-door arrest campaigns
3) Shooting of medical personnel who attempt to aid the wounded
4) Raids against hospitals, clinics and mosques and the purposeful destruction of medical supplies and arrest of medical personnel
5) Denied access to international monitors, humanitarian groups and human rights organizations
6) Shutting off local social media communications
7) Crimes against humanity had been committed by military and security forces including: sexual violence, torture, arbitrary detention and murder
8) Targeted large-scale killings
9) Use of torture in 27 detention facilities run by Syrian intelligence agencies
10) Use chemical weapons against civilians
11) Evidence of a clear chain of command responsibility for atrocities committed all the way up to high-level Syrian officials
Article from: Syria in Crisis
Assad Regime Sexual Violence Against Children
The list of alleged crimes committed by Syrian forces “include murder, torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence” were applied equally to adults and children in places of detention.
Children in government custody have reportedly been beaten with metal cables, whips and wooden and metal batons, and suffered electric shock, mock executions, cigarette burns, sleep deprivation and solitary confinement, and sexual violence, including rape and threats of rape.
Children are abused by Assad soldiers and recruited for combat and support roles, as well as for conducting military operations by rebels.
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UN Says Syrian Regime Killing, Torturing Children
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Assad’s regime of torture
Thousands of Yazidis leaving their ancestral homeland
Thousands of people leaving their ancestral homeland. Women and children being kidnapped, raped, and sold as slaves. Men slaughtered by the thousands. The Islamic State (IS) has been waging a genocidal war against the defenseless Yazidi people.
The Yazidi (also Yezidi, Êzidî, Yazdani) are a Kurdish ethno-religious community whose syncretic but ancient religion is linked to Zoroastrianism and ancient Mesopotamian religions. They live primarily in the Nineveh Province of northern Iraq, a region once part of ancient Assyria and capital of the Neo-Assyrian Empire. Additional communities in Armenia, Georgia and Syria.
In August 2014 the Yazidi were targeted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, in its campaign to “purify” Iraq and neighboring countries of non-Islamic influences. The Salafist militant group Islamic State, which considers the Yazidi devil-worshippers, captured Sinjar in August 2014 following the withdrawal of Peshmerga troops, forcing up to 50,000 Yazidis to flee into the nearby mountainous region. Threatened with death at the hands of militants, they faced starvation in the mountains.
In Sinjar, ISIL destroyed a Shiite shrine and demanded that the remaining population convert to their version of Islam, pay jizya (a religious tax) or be executed. Up to 200,000 people (including an estimated 40,000 Yazidi) fled the city before it was captured by ISIL forces, giving rise to fears of a humanitarian tragedy. ISIL demanded the Yazidi convert to their version of Islam, pay jizya (a religious tax) or be executed. Thousands of Yazidi and Christian religious minorities trapped on the mountaintop in northwest Iraq. Between 20,000 and 30,000 Iraqis, most of them women and children, besieged by Isis. Sick or elderly Yazidi who could not make the trek were being executed by ISIL.
Yazidis are the common victims of Islamist hate and intolerance. Beside ISIL threats, Yazidis are also facing attacks from their Arab neighbors. Unfortunately for the Yazidis, they may not be returning to their homeland for a long time, if ever. “Such a return will be difficult if not impossible, and the international community should be prepared for the permanent displacement of the majority of the surviving Yazidis,”
Yazidis IDPs by Saeed Qasim
This is a documentary video about the effects of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ‘ISIS’ up on Yazidis (one of the minorities in Iraq) especially it is about Yazidis IDPs. By Saeed Qasim
Jordan Matson’s Message to American People
Assad’s Regime Chemical Attack on his own people
Ghouta chemical attack on 21 August 2013
The Ghouta chemical attack occurred on 21 August 2013 during the Syrian Civil War, when several opposition-controlled or disputed areas of the Ghouta suburbs of the Markaz Rif Dimashq district around Damascus, Syria, were struck by rockets containing the chemical agent sarin. Hundreds were killed in the attack, which took place over a short span of time in the early morning. Estimates of the death toll range from ‘at least 281 to 1,729 fatalities, not less than 51 of whom were rebel fighters. The incident may be the deadliest use of chemical weapons since the Iran–Iraq War.
Doctors Without Borders who were operating three hospitals in the eastern Damascus region, which received roughly 3,600 patients over less than three hours on after the attack.
Vomiting, foamy salivation, severe agitation, dyspnea, neurological convulsions, respiratory and heart failure, blood out of the nose and mouth and, hallucinations, memory loss, headaches and nausea, foam coming out of [victims’] mouths and noses, a smell something like vinegar and rotten eggs, suffocation, bodies [that] were turning blue, a smell like cooking gas and redness and itching of the eyes, convulsions, excessive saliva, pinpoint pupils, blurred vision, respiratory distress, muscle spasms and frothing at the mouth. People who were sleeping in their homes [who] died in their beds.
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Everything you need to know about Syria’s chemical weapons
Ghouta chemical attack
Syria Torture Charmers- Systematically Torture and Kill
27 detention centers across Syria where torture was systematically inflicted on prisoners: men, women, senior citizen and children, according to testimonies from more than 200 former prisoners and security officers who defected.
Brutal torture in Syria by mukhabarat, or secret police:
a) Department of Military Intelligence
b) Political Security Directorate
c) General Intelligence Directorate
d) Air Force Intelligence Directorate.
One boy came into the cell bleeding from behind. He couldn’t walk. It was something they just did to the boys.
1) “basat al reeh” in which the prisoner is tied to a board and beaten
2) “dulab” in which torturers force the prisoner’s legs and head into a car tire before beating them
3) They threw cold water on our naked bodies and they also urinated on us
4) They pulled out my toenail by pliers and forced me to eat them
5) Electric shocks to genitals
6) Make prisoners suck their own blood on the floor
7) Syrian hospitals are torture chamber: Calcium injections by Doctors and Nurses, intravenously and rapidly causing cardiac arrest, or by using high doses of insulin causing hypoglycemic coma and finally death.”
8) Syrian soldiers, most of whom “were shot from behind when they refused to kill the civilians.”
9) Sexual violence in detention is one of many horrific weapons in the Syrian government’s torture arsenal and Syrian security forces regularly use it to humiliate and degrade detainees with complete impunity
10) Systemic torture and killing of detained persons – Emaciated, beaten or strangled
12) Constantly being beaten with a cable or a stick
13) The guards particularly liked to deliver blows to your fingernails
14) “water boarding”, this method of torture includes electricity and water
15) Syrian intelligence officers, soldiers and pro-government militias as the ones who detain, torture and rape civilians
16) Rape is a common tactic to silence the opposition
17) They used electric stun guns on my genitals
18) Hang detainees from the ceilings by their hands for days
19) They pour hot water on people and whip them
20) Sexual threats against the detainees and their families
21) Government forces and pro-government shabiha militia members have also sexually assaulted women and girls during home raids and residential sweeps
22) One boy came into the cell bleeding from behind. He couldn’t walk. It was something they just did to the boys.
Read more articles:
Brutal torture in Syria
Syrian military defector: ‘Those who were injected are lucky’
Starved, tortured then throttled: The true horror of how Assad’s soldiers execute rebel prisoners
Survivors Of Syria’s Torture Chambers Describe Horror