Human Rights official repeats call for Syrian crisis to be taken up by ICC

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UN deputy Human Rights chief Ivan Šimonivič briefing the Security Council on the situation in Syria

More than 6,000 minors have died in the Syrian conflict, nearly a quarter of whom were under the age of 10, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.

UN deputy Human Rights chief Ivan Šimonivič told Council members that children in Syria have been detained, tortured and executed, in addition to being recruited as combatants by armed opposition groups.

He said in Syria today, serious human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity are the rule.

"Throughout continuing efforts to bring peace, we should seek to uphold justice and accountability. War crimes, crimes against humanity and gross human rights violations must not go unpunished. To this end, the Human Rights Office once again urges the Security Council to refer the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court."

The UN Human Rights Office reports that nearly 93,000 Syrians have been killed since the start of the crisis in March 2011.

Of this number, 6,561 were minors, more than 1,700 of them younger than 10 years old.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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