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Russia tells Syria to end protestor crackdown

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Russia tells Syria to end protestor crackdown


UN rights investigators have warned Syria to stop using excessive force against peaceful protestors.

In a joint statement, independent experts have called on President Bashar al-Assad’s government to halt its violent crackdown that has resulted in executions and other crimes punishable under international law.

The start of Ramadan has seen no let up in the violence. Reportedly at least four people have been killed by security forces during a protest near Damascus. Syrian tanks have also renewed shelling of Hama, according to residents, the sixth day of a military assault to crush anti-government demonstrators.

China and Russia have now added their voices to the condemnation of Syria’s actions. Russia’s President Dimitry Medvedev said: “He (Assad) needs to urgently carry out reforms, reconcile with the opposition, restore peace and set up a modern state. If he fails to do this, he will face a sad fate.”

The United States claims the attacks have killed 2,000 people opposing Assad’s autocratic rule since the popular revolt began in March.

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