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UN humanitarian chief calls for end to violence in Syria

09-11-2012 10:44 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on the international community to overcome divisions and work to end the violence and human rights violations in Syria.

Speaking at a special session on Syria at the UN Human Rights Council Meeting in Geneva, Navi Pillay says the UN is concerned that both government and armed opposition forces have committed serious human rights violations. She says these may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity and has called for nations to stop supplying arms to both sides.

Navi Pillay, UN high commissioner for human rights, said, "Opposition forces should be under no illusion that they will be immune from prosecution. I urge them to make a strenuous effort to halt the deterioration in their conduct, and adhere to fundamental norms of international law. "

"The international committee must assume its responsibility and act in unison to prevent further violations. Actions that directly contribute to escalating the violence, such as providing arms, will most likely only result in more civilians being killed and injured."


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