UN: Syria bludgeoning its population into submission

Iraqi refugee in Syria

Iraqi refugee in Syria

Syrian government has been accused of trying to bludgeon its population into submission using tanks, artillery and snipers. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the violent crackdown on peaceful protestors was deplorable and urged the Syrian authorities to halt the assault on its own people. The High Commissioner says her office has received reports that over 1,100 have been killed since the protests began in March and over 10,000 people detained. She is appealing to the Syrian government to allow a UN fact finding mission to visit the country as required by the Human Rights Council to establish the facts and circumstances of the alleged violations and crimes. Rupert Colville is from the UN Human Rights Office.

"Our concern is that one way or another, the human rights abuses need to stop and those who have committed the crimes should be brought to justice. How that happens is not easy. There is a lot of attention on what is going on in Syria. That said, it does not seem to be having much impact. Government authorities appear to be continuing their policy of crushing any kind of protests and dissent, it's extremely alarming. How long will it go on for? How many more people will die?"  

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The High Commissioner also condemned the killing of 13 year old Hamza al-Khatib who was allegedly abducted and tortured to death by Syrian security forces. She said the murder and subsequent mutilation of his body was symbolic of the apparent policy of crushing dissent by all means.

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