Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

UN Human Rights Office reports “slaughter” in Aleppo: At least 82 civilians killed by pro-government forces

As pro-government forces invade the neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo, Syria, reports of civilian bloodshed have reached the United Nations. The UN Human Rights Office announced Tuesday that more than 80 civilians have been killed in the region “either by intense bombardment or summary execution” by pro-government forces.

Multiple sources have reported that pro-Government forces killed at least 82 civilians, including 11 women and 13 children, in the Bustan al-Qasr, al-Ferdous, al-Kallaseh, and al-Saleheen neighborhoods yesterday,” the UN Human Rights Office reported.

Reports suggested that when fighters in the neighborhoods attempted to flee, they were killed on the spot.

“We cannot let this continue,” said Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, addressing the international community in Geneva.

“The crushing of Aleppo, the immeasurably terrifying toll on its people, the bloodshed, the wanton slaughter of men, women and children, the destruction – and we are nowhere near the end of this cruel conflict. What can happen next, if the international community continues to collectively wring its hands, can be much more dangerous. What is happening with Aleppo could repeat itself in Douma, in Raqqa, in Idleb,” he said, warning that pro-government tactics involving civilian killings might spread as fighting continues.

“Yesterday evening, we received further deeply disturbing reports that numerous bodies were lying on the streets,” UN Human Rights spokesman Rupert Colville said according to the BBC.

Zeid pointed out that any detainees by pro-government forces must be treated humanely according to international law. But the report cautioned that fighters and civilians alike in neighborhoods controlled by the pro-government forces were “at risk of grave violations, including detentions, torture and killings.”

“Civilians have paid a brutal price during this conflict, and we are filled with the deepest foreboding for those who remain in this last hellish corner of opposition-held eastern Aleppo,” Colville said.

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