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Young man killed after singing anti-Assad song during demonstration

(ANHRI/IFEX) - Cairo, 10 July 2011 - The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemns the ongoing criminal practices of the Syrian regime. In the most recent incident targeting opposition voices, singer Ibrahim Kashoush had his neck cut on 5 July 2011 by Syrian security forces in Hama, north of the capital city of Damascus. The young man was known as the "singer of the revolution" for singing a song during a demonstration titled "Leave us, Bashar".

The human rights situation in Syria has continued to decline since February 2011, when protests erupted calling for an end to the regime and the stepping down of President Bashar al-Assad. According to initial estimates by neutral bodies, thousands of demonstrators have been killed and an undisclosed number of individuals have been detained or disappeared.

A number of Syrian activists also reported that "mass graves containing 15 bodies have been discovered in the Al-Hassan garden in Hama." According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), "at least 30 children were shot dead by Syrian forces since the beginning of the protests."

"The Syrian regime continues to violate human rights by committing massacres against humanity, with the tacit support of the Arab and international community," ANHRI said.

"The criminality of the Syrian regime has reached the extent of cutting the neck of a young male singer, killing him in cold blood for exercising his legitimate right to express his opinion in a civilized manner. This brutal act reaffirms that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has to step down immediately, in order to spare the blood of Syrian citizens. Violence will do nothing but increase the desire for a change in the regime and an end to police repression," ANHRI added.
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