Syrian government condoning gross human rights abuses

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Widespread, systematic and gross human rights violations, amounting to crimes against humanity are being committed in Syria with apparent knowledge and consent of the highest levels of state.

This is part of conclusions made by a United Nations Commission of Inquiry established to probe into human rights violations in Syria.

Charles Appel reports.

In its report the Commission says it has deposited with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights a sealed envelop containing names of people bearing the greatest responsibility for the human rights violations taking place in Syria for possible future prosecution for crimes against humanity.

It says the list also contains names of anti government armed groups that have committed human rights abuses.

The commission says independent monitors put the death toll from the Syrian crisis at over 8,000 while the government puts the death toll at about 4,000.

The report says over 18,000 people have been arrested and detained by the government and also accuses armed opposition groups of arbitrary detention, torture and execution of their opponents.

The report says over 500 children have been killed in Syria and the government is making no visible efforts to protect children.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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