SNHR documents 65 massacres committed by Assad regime, Russia in 2019

Orient Net 2020-01-02 08:27:00

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The Syrian Network for Human Rights SNHR documented in its report released on Wednesday (January 1) 43 massacres committed by Assad regime militias and 22 massacres committed by Russian forces in 2019.

The report documents the deaths of 3,364 civilians in 2019, including 842 children and 486 women at the hands of the perpetrator parties to the conflict in Syria, including 234 in December.

The report records the deaths of 1,497 civilians, including 371 children and 224 women at the hands of Assad Regime militias and 452 civilians, including 112 children and 71 women at the hands of Russian forces in 2019.

The report also documents in 2019 the deaths of 21 civilians, including eight children and one woman, killed at the hands of factions of the Armed Opposition, and 164 civilians, including 50 children and 15 women, were killed at the hands of Syrian Democratic Forces, while 68 civilians, including 20 children and 17 women, were killed at the hands of US-led coalition.

The report also documents 1,019 civilians, including 264 children and 149 women, killed at the hands of other parties in 2019.

The report also documents in December the deaths of six civilians, including two children and two women at the hands of Syrian Democratic Forces, while 42 civilians, including 15 children and eight women, were killed at the hands of other parties.

The report records that among the victims killed in 2019 were 26 medical personnel, 14 of whom were killed at the hands of Assad Regime militias while six others were killed by Russian forces.

The report adds that 13 media workers were also documented killed in 2019, six at the hands of Assad Regime militias and two at the hands of Russian forces.

The report further reveals that 17 Civil Defense personnel were also documented killed in 2019, three at the hands of Assad Regime militias and nine at the hands of Russian forces.

According to the report, the SNHR’s working team documented the deaths of at least 305 persons due to torture in 2019, 275 of whom were killed at the hands of Assad Regime militias.

 The report stresses that the Assad regime has violated international humanitarian law and customary law, and all UN Security Council resolutions, particularly resolution 2139, resolution 2042, and resolution 2254, all without any accountability.

The report calls on the Security Council to take additional steps following its adoption of Resolution 2254, and stresses the importance of referring the Syrian case to the International Criminal Court, adding that all those who are responsible should be held accountable including the Russian regime whose involvement in war crimes has been repeatedly proven.

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