Friday, December 2, 2011

Syria to be condemned at UN Human Rights Council - 2nd Dec 2011

A special session of the UN Human Rights Council will be asked to adopt an independent report that the Syrian regime has committed multiple crimes against humanity in its crackdown on protests.

Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights will say Syrian forces committed crimes against humanity, including the murder and torture of children, following orders from the highest levels of Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The panel gathered evidence from 233 witnesses and victims on the brutal repression of anti-regime protesters but was not given permission to enter the country.

Activists reported up to 22 people killed Thursday, adding to what has become a daily grind of violence.

"We are placing the (death toll) figure at 4,000 but really the reliable information coming to us is that it's much more than that," Pillay said in Geneva.

"As soon as there were more and more defectors threatening to take up arms, I said this in August before the Security Council, that there's going to be a civil war," she added. "And at the moment, that's how I am characterizing this." Read More