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By way of contrast, see this article over at “truthdig: digging beneath the headlines:”  Massive War Crimes: Syrian Regime Tortured, Starved, Murdered 11,000 Prisoners, by Juan Cole, here.

Interventions Watch

Today saw the release of a report, commissioned by the regime in Qatar via the law firm Carter Ruck, alleging the systematic mass killing and torture of detainees by the Assad regime in Syria. Up to 11’000 people, and perhaps more, could have died in this fashion, according to the report.

Given that it was commissioned by the regime in Qatar – which is a key backer of certain Syrian rebel groups – and that it has been released immediately prior to the Geneva peace conference scheduled to begin this week, some have questioned the intent of the report. Quite reasonably, if you ask me.

Is it an attempt by Qatar to, simply, document regime abuses in the hope of securing justice for the victims, and furthering the cause of human rights in Syria?

Or given Qatar’s own poor track record on human rights and repression, might they be…

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