UN human rights chief urges Security Council to refer Syria to ICC

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UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has renewed her call on the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Ms. Pillay briefed the Council on Friday on the situation in Syria between August 2011 and January this year.

She said that 60,000 people have died in the ongoing violence in Syria and the conflict has changed in nature from the time she last reported in August 2011.

"At that time it was state security forces acting against peaceful protesters. The monthly average of killings has increased dramatically. It was 1,000 per month and now 5,000 per month, and I have urged the Security Council to refer the situation to the International Criminal Court for investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity on the part of all parties engaged in this conflict." (27")

Ms Pillay said she will continue to make this call because the United Nations does not support impunity for serious violations of human rights and the commission of serious crimes.

She explained that since Syria does not come under the jurisdiction of the court, the only way the situation in the country can be put before the ICC is for the Security Council to make this referral.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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