Special adviser voices concern for sectarian violence in Syria

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Adama Dieng

The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide has warned of the increasing risk of sectarian violence in Syria.

Adama Dieng said he was "deeply concerned that entire communities risk paying the price for crimes committed by the Syrian Government".

Mr. Dieng is concerned that civilian communities, including Alawite and other minorities perceived to be associated with the Government, could be subject to large scale reprisal attacks.

He urged armed opposition forces to protect and respect the rights of all individuals in their custody, as well as civilians residing in territory under their control, without discrimination.

Mr. Dieng said the Government of Syria was manifestly failing to protect its populations as well.

He also called on the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.

Dianne Penn reports.

Duration: 57″

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