United Nations- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his deep concern over reports from Syria that hundreds of protesters have been killed or injured in the city of Hama and other towns across the country during the weekend.
“The Secretary-General reminds the Syrian authorities that they are accountable under international human rights law for all acts of violence perpetrated by them against the civilian population,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.
He strongly condemned the use of force against civilians and called on the Government of Syria to immediately halt the violence.
Mr. Ban reiterated that Syrian authorities have an obligation to respect the human rights of the country's people, including their freedom of expression and right to peaceful assembly. He urged the Government to heed the legitimate aspirations of the population.
According to media reports, dozens of people in Hama have killed. Authorities said soldiers were sent to the city to remove barricades erected by the protesters, and claimed Armed Terrorist groups to cause such incidents.