Syrian rights groups urge UN to probe Tadamon massacre | Syria’s War News

The SNHR calls US diplomat to the UN for ‘speedy motion’ after video seems to indicate the execution of civilians.

A number of distinguished Syrian human rights organisations and civil society teams have urged the US’ prime diplomat to the United Nations to launch an investigation into the killing of 41 civilians within the neighbourhood of Tadamon in Syria’s capital Damascus in 2013.

“We’re writing to demand speedy motion to deal with this bloodbath, which quantities to a conflict crime, and maintain perpetrators accountable on the UN Safety Council,” learn a letter to Linda Thomas-Greenfield and printed by the Syrian Community for Human Rights (SNHR) on Monday.

The community additionally referred to as on the US to convene a gathering on the Council throughout its presidency in Might and launch an impartial probe.

The SNHR’s attraction comes almost two weeks after a leaked video appeared to indicate proof of grotesque crimes dedicated by Syrian forces.

The distressing footage exhibits blindfolded and handcuffed civilians being informed to run in direction of an execution ditch mendacity simply in entrance of them in one of many capital’s southern suburbs.

It additionally exhibits intelligence officers of the notorious Department 227 smiling and laughing as they assassinate the lads earlier than pouring gasoline over their our bodies within the pit and setting it ablaze to cover the proof.

The Tadamon district on the time was a battlefront between Syrian authorities forces in opposition to opposition forces.

A horrified navy recruit filmed the vicious incident and leaked the video, date-stamped April 16, 2013, after fleeing war-torn Syria.

Syrian activists and worldwide human rights organisations have accused the Syrian government and its allies of committing atrocities within the nation’s rebellion turned-civil conflict.

All through the 11-year-long conflict, an estimated 500,000 folks have been killed and thousands and thousands displaced. Syria at this time is reeling from a crippling financial disaster, whereas President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus stays in energy with navy help from Russia, Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah.

“By no means earlier than have we seen such clear proof of a conflict crime dedicated and videotaped by Assad’s intelligence companies in broad daylight, in chilly blood, with no regard for the humanity of the victims or concern for penalties,” learn the SNHR assertion.

The discharge of the video footage has triggered an outcry, with some families recognising their relatives being executed within the video.

“Many Syrians are rightfully expressing outrage concerning the lack of response from the worldwide group to such a stunning report, particularly within the context of comparable crimes being dedicated by Russian forces in Ukraine,” the SNHR added, referring to the alleged conflict crimes dedicated since Russia invaded its neighbouring nation on February 24.

“It’s excessive time that the worldwide group realized that impunity for grave human rights violations in Syria has far-reaching penalties past its borders,” the SNHR mentioned.

Greater than 100,000 Syrians are lacking, in accordance with advocacy teams, together with tens of hundreds of youngsters. The Syrian authorities holds nearly all of them, however many households await the destiny of lacking family members who ISIL (ISIS) and different armed teams detained.

Somalia: Three dead as al-Shabab attacks AU peacekeepers camp | Armed Groups News

The al-Shabab assault comes amid a protracted political disaster in Somalia and a drought disaster within the Horn of Africa.

The armed group al-Shabab has attacked an African Union mission troop camp within the Shabelle area in central Somalia, an area elder and the group have stated.

“We have been awoken by large blasts early within the morning. The blasts have been on the African Union mission base. Heavy trade of gunfire adopted,” native elder Mohamed Nur informed the Reuters information company on Tuesday by telephone from El Baraf, about 130km (80 miles) to the north of the capital, Mogadishu.

One other resident, who lives in a village close to the scene, stated three civilians had died within the crossfire. He additionally stated he noticed two helicopters flying by and gunfire coming from them.

Al-Shabab, which has been preventing for years to topple the central authorities and set up its personal rule based mostly on its strict interpretation of Islamic regulation, claimed duty for the assault.

“The Mujahideen launched a pre-dawn raid on an ATMIS [African Union Mission] navy base in El Baraf, center Shabelle area,” al-Shabab stated in an announcement.

“After a fierce firefight, the Mujahideen managed to overrun the bottom and are actually in full management of the complete navy base.”

Farah Hussein, a shopkeeper, informed Reuters from El Baraf that after the preliminary assault, helicopters have been seen flying above the scene.

“We heard some gunshots and sounds of weapons being fired from the helicopters,” he stated by telephone.

“The ATMIS forces are additionally within the jungles pursuing the al-Shabab fighters. To this point we all know three civilians died and 5 others have been injured within the preventing.”

Officers in Shabelle and the African Union mission weren’t instantly accessible to touch upon the assault.

Al-Shabab steadily carries out bombings and gun assaults in Mogadishu and elsewhere as a part of its conflict in opposition to the Horn of Africa nation’s central authorities.

It additionally assaults troopers working for the African Union peacekeeping mission.