Appeal for international consensus to address the Syrian crisis

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UN Observers in Syria

United Nations Human Rights Chief is calling on the international community to overcome divisions and work to end the violence and human rights violations in Syria.

Ms Navi Pillay regretted that the United Nations observer mission in Syria was no longer able to discharge its mandate due to the escalating violence in the country.

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ms Pillay said all parties must cease the violence adding that every effort must be taken to ensure accountability for all perpetrators, including those who have attacked UN observers.

"The situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, and the suffering of civilians has increased significantly. The escalating violence has limited the ability of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria to carry out its mandate to document grave human rights violations. All violations of the human rights of the Syrian people at the hands of all parties to the conflict must end. The Government of Syria should immediately cease the use of heavy armaments and shelling of populated areas, as such actions amount to crimes against humanity and possible war crimes."

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