It has emerged that Syrian a rebel group (Free Syria Army) – now supported by the UK government – have possibly been executing prisoners of war – which if correct, constitute war crimes.
The unverified amateur video from a mobile phone appears to show captured policemen being executed in what can only be described as mob justice.
Clive Baldwin, a senior legal adviser for Human Rights Watch (HRW), told BBC News: “What it looks like is execution of detainees and if that is the case that would be a war crime.”
Even so, the UK Government seems determined to support a force that has been accused of horrific atrocities against the Syrian people on more than one occasion.
In the past, and the present, the UK government has been quick to criticise organisations that have abused the ‘rules of war’ and basic human rights in areas where they have little or no interest in controlling (remember Serbia etc.), and have failed in providing support. Yet they ignore (or at the very least fail to voice concern about) the abuses taking place in Syria by an organisation they support.
Double-standards and vested interests seem to be more important than humanity.