Savages. May they burn in hell. Even by the most vile of standards of "human conduct" what does one say of "people" who kidnap an activist's teenage sister to put pressure on him, capture and kill him, and then do this to her.
Syrian activists teen sister beheaded in custody
September 23, 2011
Bassem Mroue and Elizabeth A. Kennedy
BEIRUTA young woman was found beheaded and mutilated, apparently by Syrian security agents, underscoring what witnesses and the UN human rights office said Friday was a fearsome new tactic of retaliating against protesters families to snuff out the six-month-old uprising against the regime of President Bashar Assad.
The slain 18-year-old, Zainab al-Hosni, is believed to be the first woman to die in Syrian custody since the uprising began in mid-March. Amnesty International said Friday she had reportedly been detained by security agents to pressure her activist brother to turn himself in.
Witnesses and activists say retaliation against families of those involved in the uprising has ranged from threatening phone calls to beatings and even killings, as in the case of al-Hosni.
The UN human rights office said Friday that the harassment was even extending beyond Syrias borders.
Prominent human rights defenders, inside and outside the country, are reported to have been targeted, UN human rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said in Geneva. We are also concerned by reports of the targeting and attacking of families and sympathizers of the protesters by security forces.
She offered no details and did not elaborate on the activists or their families being targeted outside the country.
According to UN estimates, more than 2,700 civilians have been killed and thousands more have been detained since protests began in mid-March.
The mutilated teenager, al-Hosni, was from the central city of Homs, one of the hotbeds of the uprising. She was seized by men in plain clothes on July 27, apparently to pressure her brother Mohammed, who was organizing protests in the city, Amnesty said.
After her arrest, he was told by telephone that she would only be released if he stopped his activities, the group said. Her brother was eventually arrested earlier this month. On Sept. 13, his mother was summoned by security forces to pick up his body, which showed bruises, burns and gunshots, the group said.
At the same morgue, the mother found her daughters body. The family said Zainab had been decapitated, her arms cut off and skin removed, according to Amnesty.
After Zainabs burial last weekend, women held a protest in Homs, hailing her as the flower of Syria, according to video footage posted on the Internet by local activists.
They plucked the flower, and she said, After me, a bud will rise up, read a sign held by one of the women.
There have been 103 people reported killed in Syrian custody since the uprising began in March, Amnesty said.