Fifty high profile suspects in Syria repression

Navi Pillay

United Nations human rights chief, Navi Pillay says a fact-finding report on Syria has identified 50 individuals as suspects behind the killing of civilian protestors in Syria.

The report says 1,900 people have been killed in a violent government crackdown since mid-March. This includes 353 people who were summarily executed.

Ms. Navi Pillay says all 50 are individuals in positions of power.

Meanwhile, the rights chief said the report showed a "pattern" and "consistency" in the way the attacks and arrests were carried out.

Ms. Pillay adds that she was shocked and outraged at the killings.

"There was deliberate shooting and the report calls it almost a shoot-to-kill policy because the people were targeted by gunshot wounds. The gunshot wounds were in the head and chest. Our forensic experts just examining the wounds on some of the victims certified that these were not accidental shooting but deliberate and most of them from snipers. And this is what is shocking: that a government can turn on a peaceful protest using the weight of its security apparatus to kill that protest."

Navi Pillay says the names of the 50 suspects will be kept in confidence until a national court or the International Criminal Court or ICC asks for them.

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