All parties becoming increasingly reckless with human life, says Syria inquiry

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Carla del Ponte

Both pro- and anti-government forces in Syria have become increasingly violent and reckless with human life, according to a report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

The report details massacres committed by both government and anti-government forces.

It shows that across Syria, murder, torture, rape, enforced disappearance and other inhumane acts have been committed by government forces and affiliated militia, acts which may constitute crimes against humanity.

The Commission also found that, as anti-government armed groups have gained control over territory, they have committed murder, torture, arbitrary arrest and hostage-taking, all of which may constitute war crimes.

Carla del Ponte, a member of the Commission of Inquiry, says that the international community, and in particular the UN Security Council, must make sure that war crimes committed in Syria are referred to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.

“It is incredible that the Security Council don’t take a decision in the deferral of justice, must be imminent, urgently, because crimes are continuing to be committed in Syria and the number of victims are increasing day to day so justice must be done."

The Commission has not been allowed to undertake investigations inside Syria but has based its report on interviews conducted outside the country.

Next month, a confidential list of individuals and units believed to be responsible for crimes will be submitted to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Nicki Chadwick, UN Radio, Geneva.

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