- Free Syrian Army fighter; Source: Wikimedia Commons (Bo yaser)
The human rights organisation has warned of a growing number of human rights violations in Syria. "Time and again Syria's opposition has told us that it is fighting against the government because of its abhorrent human rights violations," HRW's deputy Middle East director Nadim Houry said. "Now is the time for the opposition to show that they really mean what they say."
HRW documented twelve cases of extrajudicial killings and at least six cases of torture committed by rebel fighters. The organisation also called for the reference of the case to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Independent Commission of Inquiry, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro has voiced concerns over an increasing number of foreign Islamist fighters involved in the conflict during a meeting of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.