On April 25, 2011, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, urged Syria to halt a campaign of violence against civilian protesters. The statement condemned the Syrian government's excessive use of lethal force and other rights violations against protesters. In the wake of widespread protests, Syrian security forces have been responsible for the extrajudicial deaths of hundreds of peaceful anti-government protesters. In the same month, Human Rights Watch (HRW) claimed that Syrian security forces also stopped medical personnel from ministering to injured protestors. The government had freed 260 political detainees as a show of good faith in March 2011, but violations have allegedly continued apace.
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