UN Human Rights Chief tells Syrian authorities the 'world is watching'

Navi Pillay

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has urged the Syrian government to 'stop the bloodshed' of the Syrian people.

One hundred forty anti-government protestors have been killed and many others injured in violent attacks by security forces.

The High Commissioner has demanded that the persistent violation of human rights against peaceful protestors end now and has warned that 'the world is watching'.

Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the High Commissioner, says that she condemns 'in the strongest terms' the violence the government is using against its own people.

"The use of force is strictly controlled in international law. You can only use it as a last resort. In Syria this is obviously not the case. It seems that it's being used as a measure of first response to the demonstrations. In this regard the High Commissioner is calling for an international, transparent, independent and prompt investigation into the violence, into this excessive use of force, into the reports of killings, arbitrary arrests, ill treatment and torture that the people of Syria have been subjected to."

The United Nations Security Council is expected to hold further meetings on the situation in Syria.

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Alarmed at Syrian bloodshed, UN rights chief demands authorities end brutality

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