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Rights Group: World’s Syria Response ‘Painfully Narrow’


A leading human rights group says world leaders have not done enough to end the atrocities being committed in Syria, now in its third year of civil war.

Human Rights Watch made the accusation in its 2014 world report, which also criticizes U.S. surveillance tactics and rising authoritarianism in Egypt, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine, among other countries.

The report was released Tuesday on the eve of an international peace conference on Syria.

Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth told a news conference in Berlin the world community must respond forcefully to the mass atrocities the Syrian government is committing against civilians and unblock humanitarian aid to the country.

The HRW report called the international community's response to the slaughter and suffering in Syria "painfully narrow."



The report also highlighted undemocratic tactics used by elected governments in countries such as Turkey, Kenya and Ukraine and rising intolerance toward homosexuals and other minorities. Roth singled out Egypt, faulting the Muslim Brotherhood government of ex-president Mohamed Morsi, but especially the military that toppled it.

But HRW says 2013 also brought some advances. The group praised the democratic transition in Tunisia, and global efforts to stop crises in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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