Human Rights chief urges an end to gross crimes in Syria

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Navi Pillay

Opposition groups in Syria are being urged to do everything in their power to stop gross crimes.

The call comes from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement on Tuesday.

It follows the emergence of a video from Syria which appears to show a rebel leader cutting out the heart of a dead soldier and then biting it.

The High Commissioner describes this as "a truly atrocious act," adding that mutilating or desecrating corpses during conflict constitutes a war crime.

Pillay says while it is not yet possible to fully authenticate the video, she urges armed opposition groups in Syria to do everything in their power to halt such gross crimes.

She calls for an investigation into the incident and other alleged violations committed by opposition fighters, including torture, summary executions and extra-judicial killings.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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