Situation in Syria, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, March 7, 2012 [open pdf - 470KB]
From the opening statement of Carl Levin: "The committee meets today to hear from Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin E. Dempsey, USA, to update the committee on the situation in Syria and to discuss the policies of the administration with respect to Syria. It was nearly a year ago that demonstrators in Syria peacefully took to the streets to call for an end to the rule of President Assad and demand an opportunity to choose a leader through a free and fair democratic process. Since those first days of the uprising, the world has watched as the Syrian people have continued to challenge the Assad regime's tyrannical ways. As the weeks and months have passed, peaceful demonstrators have been killed. The tragedy unfolds daily. According to the United Nations' (U.N.) most recent estimates, more than 7,500 people in Syria have been killed and at least 100 more people are being killed each day. The Assad regime's brutal crackdown has included gross human rights violations, use of force against civilians, torture, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary executions, sexual violence, and interference with access to medical treatment and other humanitarian assistance. These acts, when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against civilian populations, as is the case in Syria, amount, in my view, to crimes against humanity." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Leon E. Panetta, Martin E. Dempsey, and Carl Levin.
S. Hrg. 112-568; Senate Hearing 112-568
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