Pillay urges greater attention to atrocities in Syria

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Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva

Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay says alleged massacres by Syrian Government forces and pro-government militias in recent days should spur international action to end the conflict and ensure those responsible for serious human rights violations are made to account for their crimes.

Pillay welcomes the agreement by Russia and the United States to work towards convening an international conference to find a political solution in Syria. ,

In a statement issued on Friday, she stresses that the increasingly brutal nature of the conflict makes international efforts to halt bloodshed imperative.

Rupert Colville is a spokesman for the High Commissioner:

"Harrowing images of piles of bloodied and burned bodies including small children and babies have been emerging, allegedly taken after government forces and militia overran Al Badya and other parts of Baniyas last week…These images if verified indicate a complete lack of regard for the lives of civilians. ….the scope of violations by anti government armed groups has also increased alarmingly.. The High Commissioner is renewing her plea that the situation in Syria should be referred to the International Criminal Court saying she believes that serious human rights violations and other acts amounting to war crimes, and or, crimes against humanity have been committed. We must make it clear to both the government and the armed opposition groups that there will be clear consequences for the people responsible for these crimes."

The Human Rights High Commissioner is calling for a careful investigation of all the reported atrocities.

Yvette Morris, UN Radio, Geneva.

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