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article imageHead of Syrian Observatory deplores international hypocrisy

By Paul Iddon     Oct 20, 2013 in Politics
The founder and head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel-Rahman, has expressed his anger at the “hypocrisy” of the world community for their almost monomaniacal focus on Syria's chemical weapons.
Daily Star Lebanon carries a report which says that Rahman sees the focus on disarming Syria's chemical weapons as a way of overlooking the “endless bloodbath” in his country.
His UK-based organization has kept a continuously updated tally on the total death toll in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011.
Mr. Abdel-Rahman posed the following rhetorical question, “In Syria, out of more than 120,000 people killed, 500 were killed with chemical weapons. Are these more horrendous deaths than the others?”
“Nothing has changed at all. The clashes continue. Blood continues to be spilled and the intensity of the conflict increases. With the focus on chemical weapons, we forget about the daily deaths of the Syrian people by shelling, tank fire, gunfire, car bombs, mortars falling on civilian areas.”
Abdel-Rahman informs us that about 4,000 to 5,000 people are still getting killed each month.
In the same report, which Global Post also carries, Mr. Abdel-Rahman criticized both the Syrian regime and large swaths of the opposition. He said, “The regime commits dozens of atrocities every day.”
He added that other elements of the opposition, particularly Islamist elements such as the Nusra Front, commit atrocities and are attempting to erect an “alternative dictatorship,” in Syria.
He explained the purpose of his organization when he stated that, “Our objective is to release the truth about what is happening in Syria. Our only agenda is defending human rights and reaching a democratic state.”
Mr. Abdel-Rahman also said that, “Because of the constant threat by jihadists, by the regime militias, by the regime itself and by warlords, I had to take extra precautionary measures.”
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