Hundreds killed, thousands arrested in Syria

There has been an escalation in human rights violations in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, with repression and use of lethal force against demonstrators being the order of the day, according to the United Nations.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

In Syria human rights activists estimate that between 700 and 850 people have been killed since the start of anti government protests in March.

In Bahrain, the UN office for Human Rights (OHCHR) says it has reports that hundreds of civilians, medical professionals, politicians and human rights defenders have been arrested and are being denied their fundamental legal rights.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the gross violation of human rights was worrying and is urging Governments in the affected countries to exercise restraint and cease the use of force and of mass arrests to silence opponents.

Rupert Colville is from the UN Human Rights office.

“We have been in contact with the Syrian Government, both orally here in Geneva and through a written approach to the Government in Damascus, seeking their full cooperation on the Human Rights Council mandated fact-finding mission to assess the situation on the ground. In the meantime we are preparing for this high-level mission, which will be headed by the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Kyung-wha Kang, and we should be ready to deploy as soon as we are granted access. The mission plans to go both to Syria itself and to neighbouring countries.”

The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) is also planning to send a fact finding mission to Yemen, where the government has also been accused to serious human rights violation in its crackdown on anti government protesters.

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