Human Rights Watch reported as follows;
The Russian firm "Rosoboronexport" is providing weapons to the Syrian government.
In light of compelling evidence that the Syrian army is responsible for crimes against humanity against Syria’s people, the Russian state-owned arms trading company’s continued dealings with Syria place the company at risk of complicity in these crimes, Human Rights Watch warned in a letter to the company made public today(JUNE 3, 2012).
Following is the part of the letter mentioned above;
Mr. Anatoly Isaikin
Re: Syria Weapons Supplies Risk Corporate Complicity in Grave Abuses
Dear Mr. Isaikin,
I am writing to you on behalf of Human Rights Watch to urge you to halt all weapons deliveries to the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. In view of the overwhelming evidence that the Syrian army is committing crimes against humanity, Rosoboronexport’s arms dealings with the Syrian government place the company at a high risk of complicity in such crimes in violation of international law.
Human Rights Watch is an independent, international nongovernmental organization that monitors human rights conditions in more than 90 countries around the world, including by conducting on-the-ground investigations into serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law in conflict areas. We have conducted extensive research into the ongoing military campaign by the Syrian government to crush dissent.
(This letter continue on and on)
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SIPRI(Stockholm International Peace Research Institute), which is considered an authoritative source on the trade in heavy weapons, has identified numerous transfers from Russia to Syria during this period:
- 36 Pantsyr-S1 mobile air-defense systems, delivered between 2008 and 2011
- Some 700 surface-to-air missiles for use with the Pantsyr mobile air-defense systems, delivered between 2008 and 2011
- 87 anti-ship missiles, delivered from 2009 to 2010
- 2 Bastion-P mobile coastal defense systems, delivered from 2010 to 2011
- 72 anti-ship cruise missiles, delivered from 2010 to 2011, for use with the Bastion-P coastal defense system
- 300 air-to-air missiles, ordered in 2010 for use with MiG-29 combat aircraft
- 2 surface-to-air missile systems, delivered in 2011, from an order for 8 such systems
- 40 surface-to-air missiles, delivered in 2011, from an order for 160 such missiles, for use with the missile systems
- 36 Yak-130 jet trainers/combat aircraft ordered in 2011
- 24 MiG-29 fighter aircraft, ordered in 2007 (delivery pending)