Amnesty International has called for an UN-supported
research on violence in Syria, said the regime of repression against the
pro-democracy demonstrators may constitute crimes against humanity.
The group has documented several cases of torture, deaths in
detention and arbitrary detention in a new report.
Syrian human rights groups said more than 1,350 civilians
and 350 security forces killed across the country have since protests began
there in mid-March against the repressive regime of President Bashar al-Assad,
the combat challenge is the hardest for his family of four decades of power.
"The accounts we have heard from witnesses to events in
Tell Kalakh paint a deeply disturbing picture of systematic, targeted abuses to
crush dissent," said Philip Luther, Amnesty International's Middle East
and North Africa Deputy Director.
Witnesses told Amnesty International that the Syrian security
forces opened fire on the fleeing families 14th May, the day the army in Kalakh
Dis, near the border with Lebanon, after a demonstration in the village with
the name of the overthrow of the regime.
The report highlights the case of a 20-year-old, identified as Mahmoud, who was imprisoned for nearly a month, say, five days in a detention facility in Homs, which tied in uncomfortable positions and tortured.
"Each day [was] the same story," he told Amnesty researchers. "They tied me up in a shabah position [strung up by the wrists and forced to stand on tiptoes] and applied electricity to my body and testicles. Sometimes I screamed very loudly and begged the interrogator to stop. He didn't care."
The international rights group based on London, says that a number of Tell Kalakh inhabitants remain in custody, containing a 17-year-old boy. It called on the ruling classes to free them immediately.
"Amnesty considers that crimes committed in Tell Kalakh amount to crimes against humanity as they appear to be part of a widespread, as well as systematic, attack against the civilian population," Luther said in a press statement that accompanied the report.