Today In Syria

Nov 11 2011 @ 1:03pm

The newest developments [NYT] are calls from Amnesty and Human Rights Watch for Arab League support for an arms embargo and referring Syria to the International Court of Justice for trial. The HRW report on Homs backing the claim [pdf] is particularly brutal:

Almost without exception, all former detainees interviewed by Human Rights Watch reported that they themselves were subjected to various forms of humiliation, ill-treatment, and often torture while in detention, and witnessed the abuse of other detainees. Interrogators and guards beat detainees with batons and cables whilst they were being arrested, transported, and transferred from one facility to another, and routinely during interrogation. Witnesses also reported security forces’ use of heated metal rods to burn different parts of the body, use of electric shocks, use of stress positions for hours or even days at a time, and the use of improvised devices, such as car tires (locally known as the dulab), to force the bodies of detainees into positions that make it easier to beat them on sensitive parts of the body, like the soles of the feet and head.

Moreover, some internal estimates place the numbers of the murdered two thousand higher than the standard U.N. estimate of around 3500. Steve Walt is pessimistic that the Arab League will ever help out, but Scott Lucas compiles a great deal of evidence from today that Syrians – even in Bab Amro – aren't backing down. Here's a lead HRW Syria researcher, Nadim Houry, explaining why airing videos of protestors is so important:

Forward any information you see to Movements.org, who's attempting to develop a comprehensive YouTube playlist of Syria protest videos. Some evidence from today suggests soldiers continue to defect:

Hopefully, events like these are helping convince Iran and Hezbollah to abandon Assad, which this report suggests is possible. These brave women continue to protest even with rifles right in their faces:

Finally, AJE reports on a purported uptick in armed resistance to Assad: