Syrian Attorney General Resigns On YouTube

Syrian Attorney General Resigns On YouTube

H̨amāh : Syria | Sep 01, 2011 at 12:18 AM PDT
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In the video released by activists,Syrian Attorney Adnan al-Bakkour says resignation due to security forces killing of 72 jailed protesters and activists at Hama's central jail on eve of July 31 military assault on city; claims at least another 420 people were killed in operation and buried in mass graves in public parks.

Meanwhile,the number of deaths in Syrian prisons increased significantly this year, Amnesty International said Tuesday, describing it as one of the "most shocking features" of the regime's crackdown on protesters.

"No less than 88 such deaths have been reported to Amnesty International as occurring during the period from April 1 and August 15," including 10 children aged between 13 and 18, the human rights group said.

"The sharp rise in the number of reported deaths in custody has been one of the most shocking features of the government's bloody crackdown on the protests," the London-based group added.

This figure was "already many times higher than the yearly average over recent years," Amnesty said, noting the previous average annual death rate was five.

All 88 fatalities were male.

For at least 52 of them, Amnesty said "there is evidence that torture caused or contributed to the deaths."

"Such an increase in deaths cannot be a coincidence. It appears to be the expression of the same brutal violence that is being shown daily in the Syrian streets," said Reto Rufer, who heads the Middle East for the Swiss chapter of Amnesty International.

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Bakkour said in the video released by activists I, Judge Adnan Mohammad al-Bakkour, Hama province Attorney-General, declare that I have resigned in protest of the savage regime's practices against peaceful demonstrators.
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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