"Protective action" urged as Syrian killings continue

pro-democracy protests in Syria

A top UN human rights official has urged the international community to take immediate measures to protect Syrians, as security forces continue their attacks on the population.

Expressing dismay at the worsening human rights situation in the country, Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the Government had manifestly failed to protect its people.

The UN announced last week that the death toll in Syria has exceeded 3,000 people, since pro-democracy protests began in March.

Here's Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“As the High Commissioner says the Government of Syria has manifestly failed to protect its population. Furthermore, it has ignored the international community's calls to cooperate with international investigations and that includes fact finding mission of the High Commissioner and also the commission of inquiry, which has yet to get full cooperation. In her statement, the HC notes that the onus is on all members of the international community to take protective action in a decisive manner.”

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