Syria hiding detainees from Arab League monitors

Syrian authorities have moved hundreds of detainees held without charge into military detention centers to hide them from Arab League observers who arrived to insure the agreement with the Assad government - including the release of all political prisoners - is carried out. CNN: "Syria has shown it will stop at nothing to undermine independent monitoring of its crackdown," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Syria's subterfuge makes it essential for the Arab League to draw clear lines regarding access to detainees, and be willing to speak out when those lines are crossed." Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem told The Independent last week that the international monitors could move around the country "under the protection" of the government but would not be permitted to visit sensitive military sites. HRW said it was told by a Syrian security officer in Homs that his prison director had ordered him to transfer about 400 to 600 detainees from his...(Read Full Post)