Thursday, August 18, 2011
A U.N. fact-finding mission announced Thursday that it has found Syria guilty of human rights violations in its months-long crackdown on protesters and that it may be time for the International Criminal Court to be involved.
"The mission found a pattern of human rights violations that constitutes widespread or systematic attacks against the civilian population, which may amount to crimes against humanity," the Fact-Finding Mission on Syria wrote in its report.
The violations include murder and disappearances, torture, deprivation of liberty and persecution, the mission said.
The commission called on the U.N. Human Rights Council to urge the U.N. Security Council to "address in the strongest terms the killing of peaceful protesters and other civilians in Syria through the use of excessive force and other grave human rights violations; to call for an immediate cessation of attacks against the civilian population; and to consider referring the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court." (more)